Thursday, September 26, 2013
Redskins injury report: Reed sits again
By John Keim
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed did not practice for a second consecutive day, though coach Mike Shanahan remains hopeful that Reed might be able to play Sunday.
Kicker Kai Forbath (groin), linebacker Brandon Jenkins (ankle) and cornerback Jerome Murphy (death in the family) also did not practice. Tight end Fred Davis (ankle) was limited and said afterward that his right ankle was still sore.
If Davis and Reed can’t play, the Redskins would have to go with Logan Paulsen, already a starter, and No. 4 tight end Niles Paul. Paulsen is a solid blocker; Paul offers more speed, but he hasn’t really caught on as a pass-catcher from this position. Losing Reed and Davis would hurt in the passing game because they’re the Redskins' best receiving threats at tight end.
Reed’s size and athleticism help tremendously. The sprint rollout that Robert Griffin III threw to Paul in the corner of the end zone late in Sunday’s loss to Detroit would have had a better chance with the taller, more athletic Reed.
But Paulsen has reliable hands and proved he can be an occasional threat, too. Paul had a strong summer catching the ball, but has been squeezed for playing time because of the depth.
“It’s one position where we have more depth than most,” Shanahan said. “It’s always nice to have four guys that can play. Right now we have two guys that are healthy and two that are banged up. Both have a chance to play, but we won’t know until game day.”
Forbath won't kick until Friday or Saturday to see if his groin has improved.
For Oakland, quarterback Terrelle Pryor was limited in practice because of a concussion, according to the injury report. Safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), defensive end Jason Hunter (quad) and tackle Menelik Watson (knee) did not practice. Linebacker Sio Moore (concussion), guard Lucas Nix (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) also were limited.