RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul suffered a scare Monday -- but it turns out that's all it was. According to multiple sources, Paul did not suffer any damage to his right shoulder and will be OK.
He's expected to take part in individual work during practice Tuesday afternoon.
Paul, who has taken over as the Redskins' starting tight end, hurt his shoulder in 11-on-11 work Monday. After the play, he yanked his helmet off, yelled and walked quickly away followed by trainers. After a few minutes, he walked back toward where the players were standing. But he did not return. Paul is typically one of the most approachable and affable players, but he declined comment after practice as he headed to the locker room with the trainers for more evaluation.
Fortunately for Paul and the Redskins, he received good news. He's grown into a key player for Washington, having added weight in the offseason and continuing to evolve at a position he's now played for three full seasons. Jordan Reed is the No. 2 tight end and will have a key role in the passing game. But Paul is considered a better blocker, which gives him an edge as the starter for a team that needs its tight ends to block in the run game.