Redskins notes: Reed limited in practice

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was limited in practice Wednesday, a positive step in his recovery from a concussion.

Reed did not play against San Francisco on Monday because of the concussion suffered a week earlier at Philadelphia.

“If there are no setbacks, he should be OK,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

The Redskins could have used Reed on Monday night, as the tight ends struggled with the speed and athleticism of the 49ers' outside linebackers.

Tight end Niles Paul (illness) and fullback Darrel Young (hamstring) did not practice.

Meanwhile, for the New York Giants, running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) did not practice. Receiver Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) and corner Corey Webster (ankle) were limited.

In other news:

  • The Redskins still have one roster spot to fill after releasing corner Jerome Murphy and placing defensive end Stephen Bowen on injured reserve Tuesday. Shanahan said they’re considering a couple of players, but that there is no rush. It might take until the end of the week before they sign another player.

  • Shanahan said he was reluctant to use Santana Moss earlier this season on punts. But after numerous struggles on that unit, he turned to Moss on Monday. (Moss returned one punt for 13 yards.) "I talked to Santana and wanted to know if he wanted to go back there and he said, 'Coach, anything to help the team out,'" Shanahan said. "Sometimes, I don’t always want to put a veteran back there for obvious reasons, but he said, 'Hey, whatever I can do to help the football team I want to do,' and I thought he was our best choice to get a little spark going."