RICHMOND, Virginia -- Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was bothered all last season by his toe, needed a shot before training camp and hasn’t yet practiced. However, Reed remains confident that he’ll be ready for the start of the regular season.
Reed remains on the physically unable to perform list because of a sprained big toe on his left foot. Because he must plant and cut on his routes, the Redskins want his toe fully healed before he returns. They’re uncertain when that will be, but Reed and coach Jay Gruden believe it will be before the Sept. 10 opener vs. Philadelphia.
“Not at all,” Reed said, when asked if he was worried about the opener. “I’ll be back out there soon.”
Redskins coach Jay Gruden shares Reed's optimism -- to a degree.
"From every indication I've received from the doctors and trainers and from Jordan, I feel he'll be ready for the season," Gruden said. "But you never know, so we'll still have to wait and see. Things are odd from time to time, but I have total faith that he'll be ready."
Reed, who has caught 153 passes the last two years combined and is the centerpiece of Washington’s passing attack, was running routes at half-speed on a side field during practice. He has also done some agility work.
“It felt pretty good,” Reed said. “The main concern for me was cutting on it. You need your toe to cut and push off. If you compensate for your toe, you could definitely hurt something else.”
That, too, was happening during Reed’s workouts this summer, and he ended up with a sprained ankle. Reed said the toe injury bothered him all last season, but after minimal rest in the offseason he started training hard again. He said his toe started feeling good before minicamp. Indeed, at minicamp, Reed looked as quick as he has in a while in and out of breaks.
But after he got a stem cell shot following minicamp, his toe became inflamed. He started compensating in workouts and hurt his ankle. Rest became the prescription. Reed is also awaiting new cleats with orthotics to protect the toe.
Last week, Reed visited Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., for an update on his toe. Since that time, he’s increased his work.
“It’s going to be good this year,” Reed said of the toe.
But sitting out so far, he said, “is frustrating.”