Jordan Reed ruled out for Monday Night Football
The 23-year-old Reed suffered a concussion in last week’s 24-16 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Since then, he’s been a regular on the Redskins’ injury report and was held out of every single practice this week.
Reed’s injury is a huge loss for the Redskins (3-7), who are desperately trying to resurrect their season. His athleticism and pass-catching skills turned him into one of the few bright spots on the Redskins’ offense this season. Reed leads all rookies with 45 receptions for499 yards over nine games. He also has three touchdowns on the season. This will be the second game Reed has missed this season.
The team is already without third-year receiver Leonard Hankerson, who has been shut down for the rest of the season after undergoing knee surgery for a torn LCL and ACL, earlier this week.
However, Reed’s absence could open the door for veteran Fred Davis, who has been inactive for the past five games. Davis served as a starter earlier this season, before being replaced by Reed in the lineup. It is important for Davis to prove his value to the team since he becomes a free agent after this season, and at the time it’s unlikely he will remain in Washington.
The Redskins didn’t have many options when they re-signed Davis last offseason. He was the team’s top catching tight end over the past two seasons, combining 83 receptions and averaging 13.5 yards per catch before rupturing his before rupturing his Achilles tendon. Davis said that the injury is not an issue any more, but he was slowed down by an ankle sprain this season. He has three receptions over four games in the 2013 regular season.
But the Redskins haven’t particularly missed Davis, since third-round pick Reed is enjoying a breakout season. Reed also provides big play potential for the Redskins and his chemistry with RGIII continues to grow. The University of Florida product won’t be sidelined for long, as he is expected to return to action against the New York Giants in Week 13.
Meanwhile, fourth-year tight end Logan Paulsen is also expected to pick up the playing time in his absence. Paulsen has 13 receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown, while starting eight games this season.