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Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Redskins tight ends still ailing

By John Keim

ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Logan Paulsen said an MRI on his sprained left knee revealed what he and the team already suspected: It wasn't a bad sprain. But he also could miss at least a week because of the injury.

Paulsen sprained his left medial collateral ligament in Sunday's 24-14 win over the Oakland Raiders. Paulsen said he's been told the recovery time varies, depending on how a player responds to treatment. Coach Mike Shanahan said he's not sure how much time Paulsen will miss.

"I talked to some guys on the team and some said it was a week, some said three," Paulsen said. "I've just got to stick around for the bye week and get it better."

Paulsen's situation gives the Redskins three injured tight ends. Fred Davis played in the Oakland game despite a sprained ankle -- he did not practice all week and was nearly made inactive. He played just five snaps in the win.

"By the time I got in there my ankle was cold so I didn't feel comfortable," Davis said.

It showed on one play in which quarterback Robert Griffin III rolled right and threw back deep to the left. Davis ran across the field, past linebackers that got sucked in by the play fake. But on this one the linebacker wasn't fooled, and the hurt ankle didn't help.

"I didn't get off as fast as I wanted to," Davis said.

He should be ready after the bye week, having practied Tuesday and now getting a week off.

Rookie tight end Jordan Reed did not play in that game because of a quad contusion. His quad is still bruised, Shanahan said.

"Hopefully with a week's rest he'll be ready to go," Shanahan said.