- John Keim, ESPN Staff Writer
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ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins rookie tight end Jordan Reed did not practice Wednesday because of his thigh contusion, but coach Mike Shanahan said Reed has “improved a lot” in the last day and remains hopeful about his availability for Sunday’s game at the Oakland Raiders.
The problem at tight end is that veteran Fred Davis was limited in practice because of a sprained right ankle. He did not play against Detroit after hurting the ankle Friday.
Reed replaced Davis with the starters in the second half of the Week 2 loss at Green Bay. He provides them with a young, athletic target who continues to improve. The Redskins want Davis, in the final year of his contract, to be more detail-oriented.
If neither one can play against Oakland, then Logan Paulsen and Niles Paul would take their places. Paulsen is the Redskins' top blocking tight end; Paul is No. 4 at the position and his main contribution now is on special teams.
For Oakland, safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), defensive end Jason Hunter (quad), quarterback Terrelle Pryor (concussion) and tackle Menelik Watson (knee) did not practice. Linebacker Sio Moore (concussion), guard Lucas Nix (ankle), fullback Jamize Olawale (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) were limited.