The Washington Redskins were optimistic all week about tight end Jordan Reed. So it was no surprise that a team official told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Reed will play Sunday night against the New York Giants.
Reed had missed the Nov. 24 game against San Francisco because of a concussion suffered the previous week. But he had been passing his concussion tests this week and was limited in practice all week. Reed said earlier in the week he had no doubts he would play and coach Mike Shanahan said he would go barring any setbacks.
The athletic Reed is a valuable weapon for Washington, with 30 of his 45 catches resulting in first downs. He also has 14 receptions on third down and has become a trusted target for quarterback Robert Griffin III. His absence was felt against the 49ers as the other tight ends struggled with their blocking and didn't contribute as receivers.
The real question will be: Who joins him at tight end? Niles Paul was sick all week and Shanahan said he'd likely be limited to special teams if he was able to play. That means Fred Davis could be active for a second straight game. Also, if fullback Darrel Young can't play because of his hamstring, then the Redskins need their tight ends to handle duties at this position, too. Young will be a game-time decision.