Redskins TE Jordan Reed tweaks quad muscle in practice

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed tweaked a quad muscle in practice Thursday and was limited the rest of the day.

But coach Jay Gruden called it a “minor” injury so it does not appear to be serious. Reed’s battles with durability have been well-documented and he makes a difference when healthy.

Reed has been one of quarterback Kirk Cousins' favorite targets. He caught seven passes in the opener -- giving him 17 in his last three games with Cousins at quarterback. But Reed has been knocked for some blocking mishaps or inattention to detail on other routes. Still, he’s a prime target who can make plays.

Tight end Anthony McCoy, signed after final cuts, continues to learn the Redskins’ offense and might be activated Sunday. Gruden said they’re not sure yet how many tight ends they’ll dress. They also have Derek Carrier, who played 32 of the 69 offensive snaps in Week 1. Carrier caught two passes for eight yards, but is a better blocker than Reed. McCoy is considered more of a blocker as well.

Meanwhile, nose tackle Terrance Knighton (ribs) and tackle Tom Compton (calf) were limited. Corner Justin Rogers (foot) and linebacker Martrell Spaight (concussion) did not participate.

If Spaight can't play, then the Redskins might promote linebacker Terrance Plummer from the practice squad or sign another inside linebacker. They want to make sure they have four inside linebackers active.