Jordan Reed remains limited, Kory Lichtensteiger returns as injuries mount

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed returned to practice, but what that means for Sunday's game vs. Philadelphia remains uncertain.

Reed participated in individual drills, but only when it came to catching passes. He did so without much discomfort, but he did not take part in blocking work. Nor did he participate when the tight ends and receivers ran patterns vs. defensive backs.

It was a good step, but not necessarily a sign that he'll play Sunday. Redskins coach Jay Gruden said Reed remained day-to-day and would see another doctor, either Wednesday night or Thursday.

"It's progressing," Gruden said. "There's no doubt he's progressing, but it's obviously not where he wants it -- where he needs it to be. But we'll see how he does [Thursday]."

Reed wasn't alone on the injury list, which continues to grow as the season nears the end. Center Spencer Long and safety Will Blackmon are in the concussion protocol so they weren't at practice.

Six players did not practice: ends Chris Baker (ankle), Ricky Jean Francois (knee/foot) and Anthony Lanier (lower leg), guard Shawn Lauvao (groin), tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle) and safety Donte Whitner (ill).

And, in addition to Reed, the limited participants were: linebacker Preston Smith (groin), linebacker Will Compton (hip), guard Brandon Scherff (ankle), tight end Derek Carrier (knee).

One player did return, however, as center Kory Lichtensteiger was activated off injured reserve. With Long uncertain because of the concussion, the Redskins would have been down to one center in John Sullivan. Lichtensteiger, who opened the season as the starter, will be insurance if nothing else.

Lichtensteiger said he's been ready to return for a while from his calf injury. But the Redskins waited until they had a definite need; teams can only activate one player off injured reserve. Lichtensteiger said it was an odd situation to be in -- last year, when he was on injured reserve, teams had to designate a player for early return when they first placed them on the list. This year, they did not have to do that.

"It was really strange," Lichtensteiger said. "It's even harder to explain to friends and family what was going on with you in your career. I really didn't know if I could come back or not.

"Last year I kept traveling because I knew I would be coming back. This year, you don't know how involved to stay. You'd feel sometimes like you're in the way and you don't feel a part of it as much. ... It was a hang-in-there kind of lesson."