On Thursday, Reed visited a specialist in Pittsburgh and was told he shouldn't practice for the next three weeks, Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. With only two games left, the Redskins had no choice but to shut him down.
Reed sustained the concussion in a Nov. 17 loss at Philadelphia and missed the next four games. He was unable to practice last week because of recurring headaches. The Redskins had discussed shutting him down last week, but continued to hold out hope he could return, which is why Reed continued to see specialists.
Reed, a third-round pick in April, had a stellar rookie season until he got hurt. In nine games, Reed caught 45 passes for 499 yards and three touchdowns.
Without Reed, veteran Fred Davis will continue to get a chance to play entering free agency. Davis has caught only six passes this season, including three in the past three games. He caught a 23-yard touchdown pass against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.