ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed grimaced at times in practice and held his left shoulder. But he also reached high to make a grab in the end zone, seemingly ignoring any issues with his left shoulder.
And he proclaimed himself ready for the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.
“I feel confident,” Reed said about his chances of playing.
Reed missed last week’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a grade 3 separation of the AC joint in his left shoulder, suffered Thanksgiving Day in Dallas. Redskins coach Jay Gruden isn’t at the same optimistic level as Reed, saying after practice that he has “absolutely no idea” about whether he’ll play this week.
But Reed said his range of motion has almost returned, which has supplied his optimism. He still must see a doctor and the Redskins won’t know for sure if Reed will be available until Saturday afternoon or in pregame Sunday.
“He has to feel good about it and we can’t predict or guess how he actually feels come game time or Saturday afternoon,” Gruden said.
Even if he plays, Reed knows what to expect: pain.
“It was hurting [today],” Reed said. “It was painful the whole time, but it’s gotten way better. The pain isn’t as severe as it was.”
The Redskins obviously could use Reed. Though they’ve moved the ball without him, he remains their top target and, even having missed three games (two for a concussion), is tied for the team lead with 59 receptions. He’s second on the team with five touchdowns.
In five games vs. the Eagles, Reed has caught a combined 22 passes for 221 yards and two touchdowns. But nine of those catches, 129 of those yards and both scores occurred in a Week 16 win last season. He missed the first meeting between the teams this season. Having him always presents matchup issues for any defense and it provides Washington a dynamic pair at tight end along with Vernon Davis.
If he does play, it’s uncertain if his role would be limited. Reed said he has tested the shoulder in blocking drills. It still bothers him when he runs and cuts. Reed said others have told him to expect pain as he continues playing, whether it’s this week or after.
“There’s definitely some worries,” Reed said, “but I leave it in God’s hands and go out there and do my job.”