This could be the end for Jordan Reed. The Washington Redskins tight end, and easily the best receiving option the club has had over the last several seasons has missed the entire 2019 campaign due to a concussion received in the preseason. After weeks of hoping to see improvement and getting no good news, they've decided to shut him down for the foreseeable future and likely the rest of the season by placing the seventh-year receiver on injured reserve.
Reed has had seven reported concussions this decade.
Unlike in MLB, the NFL does not allow retroactive placement on the injured list, meaning Reed will have to be out at least the next eight weeks. With Washington (0-5) as far out of playoff contention as any team can be after five weeks, that is likely going to signal the end of Reed's season.
It could indicate the end of Reed's career.
Reed has suffered multiple concussions in the past, and the helmet-to-helmet hit he took courtesy of Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal in the exhibition season was a brutal blow that knocked Reed's protective helmet clean off. He made an attempt to remain in the game initially, but things have been downhill since he was removed.
Reed has been the walking wounded for a long time, missing 10 different stretches of action in his professional career, with ailments to other parts of his body, but nothing has been more of a staple of his time playing football than his concussion history. It dates back to his time at the University of Florida, at least.
If this is the end of Reed's playing career, certainly a far lesser concern than his overall health, then he will go down as a player with unrealized potential. Reed was a fantastic route runner who was always able to create separation and who always had a knack for setting up defenders. He was extremely athletic and posed as a seam threat against linebackers and a bully against defensive backs.
His best season was in 2015 when he hauled in 87 passes on 112 targets to the tune of 952 receiving yards and 11 touchdown receptions. He would make the Pro Bowl the following season, catching 66 passes for 686 yards and six scores.
He never played in more than the 14 games of 2015 though, and never was able to start more than nine contests. Out of 101 possible games played through Week 5 of the 2019 season, Reed appeared in just 65 of them, starting just 36.
The Redskins have been starting Jeremy Sprinkle in Reed's place, as fellow TE Vernon Davis is also suffering concussion symptoms and will miss his second consecutive game on Sunday when Washington takes on the Miami Dolphins in a battle of winless teams.
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