Jordan Reed Questionable For Week 13 With Separated Shoulder

Jordan Reed left Thursday’s game against the Cowboys with a shoulder injury. He returned, but he apparently was playing through pain.

The Washington Redskins got some bad news on Friday afternoon. Star tight end Jordan Reed underwent an MRI to check on a shoulder injury that he had suffered during the Thanksgiving game. The MRI revealed that Reed has a Grade 3 shoulder separation, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Reed is going to be listed as questionable, and there will be some serious questions about whether or not he will play.

Despite the injury, Reed played very well in the second half of the Redskins game. He finished the day with 10 catches for 95 yards and two touchdowns. He was a dynamic playmaker, and he did not look limited on the field. Perhaps that was partially the game day adrenaline keeping him going, but he did not appear to have many issues.

Still, the Redskins will likely be cautious with Reed moving forward. Reed has been injury prone throughout his NFL career, and the team will not want to risk a long term injury to the tight end. Besides, a shoulder separation is a painful injury to deal with, especially since Reed is a tight end who will have to catch and block.

There is one major factor working in Reed’s favor. The Redskins do not play until next Sunday, so Reed will have a full 10 days to rest his shoulder. If he ends up missing Week 13, then he will have more than two weeks of rest and could be healthier for a potential playoff run.

If Reed cannot go, the Redskins will play Vernon Davis in his place. Davis has been terrific in his first season with the team, and he should be a more than capable replacement. He does not create the same type of mismatches as Reed, but he has athleticism. Davis filled in well for Reed earlier in the season anyway, so similar production to those games can be expected.

Overall, this injury is bad news for the Redskins, but it is not an insurmountable obstacle. The team has solid options at the tight end position, and they will only be without depth at the worst for a week or so.

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