As Redskins beat writer John Keim wisely noted in his story, an injury like this one is fertile ground for other injuries. Reed said the awkwardness of working around his injured toe this summer caused an ankle sprain. Until the toe is sturdy, there’s no reason for Reed to increase his workload.
While Reed posted 66 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns last year while dealing with the issue, his 2015 season (952 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns) is a more accurate picture of what he’s capable of in Jay Gruden’s offense. Facing a season where the team lost two of its top playmakers in free agency (DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon) they cannot afford to have their best remaining one sidelined off and on.
Reed went to Charlotte to see a specialist about his toe injury, Gruden said. The tight end, who was placed on the PUP list last Wednesday, now has no timetable for a return.
Reed is no stranger to the training table. He missed four games last season with a concussion and a shoulder injury. In his four years in the league, he’s missed 18 games overall.
The Pro Bowl corner exited just before halftime of Monday night’s tilt versus the Kansas City Chiefs after aiding on a tackle.
“That’s the first time that’s ever happened to where I couldn’t get out there,” Norman said after the game, via ESPN. “I just have to take my time and have faith.
Placing Cravens on the exempt/left squad list to start the season allows him to take his time, get healthy, and decide if he wants to continue his playing career.
“It’s shocking, but it is what it is,” safety D.J. Swearinger told Mike Jones of the Washington Post on Sunday. “He’s got to handle what he needs to handle, whether it’s mental, whether it’s family. We’re here to support him, but that’s something tough. I’m not in those shoes so I can’t speak on it. I’m praying for him and hope he’ll be back.”
Josh Norman suffered a fractured rib during the the Redskins’ 29-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, according to coach Jay Gruden. Norman exited just before halftime after assisting on a tackle of Chiefs receiver Chris Conley.
The Redskins are concerned Norman suffered a a possible internal injury, a source informed of the situation told NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. They are particularly concerned he is dealing with a possible lung issue, Rapoport added.
In Indy, Jones should battle for backup snaps with rookie Marlon Mack behind the ageless Frank Gore. Mack received rave reviews during training camp and popped off a couple chunk runs in the preseason. Adding Jones to compete with the rookie, however, provides more potential depth for a team that could focus on the ground game early in the year.
Jones owns enticing speed and power combination. As a rookie he looked to be the future of the Redskins’ backfield before coaches soured on him after the string of fumbling flubs.