Washington Redskins: Brandon Jacobs

Paul still sick; Reed, Young questionable

November, 29, 2013
ASHBURN Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Niles Paul missed practice for a third straight day with a sickness, which likely will limit his participation in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Paul is still at home recovering from an illness. He said Paul was suffering from nausea and a headache. Shanahan said Paul was given antibiotics and was feeling better Friday.

However, even if he starts to feel better it would be difficult for Paul to play much.

“If he did play it would be more of a special-teams role,” Shanahan said.

Paul is the Redskins' third tight end and if rookie Jordan Reed plays as expected, then Paul wouldn’t have a big role from scrimmage anyway. The only way he might have is if fullback Darrel Young can’t play because of his hamstring. Paul or one of the tight ends would fill in for Young.

This also could mean Fred Davis is active for a second consecutive week.

Young, Paul and Reed, recovering from a concussion, are listed as questionable. Reed was limited for a third straight day. The Redskins have said he'll be able to play barring the return of any symptoms. Young will be a game-time decision.

For the New York Giants, four players already are out: running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder), cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin) and cornerback Corey Webster (ankle).

Redskins notes: Reed limited in practice

November, 27, 2013
ASHBURN, Va. -- Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was limited in practice Wednesday, a positive step in his recovery from a concussion.

Reed did not play against San Francisco on Monday because of the concussion suffered a week earlier at Philadelphia.

“If there are no setbacks, he should be OK,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said.

The Redskins could have used Reed on Monday night, as the tight ends struggled with the speed and athleticism of the 49ers' outside linebackers.

Tight end Niles Paul (illness) and fullback Darrel Young (hamstring) did not practice.

Meanwhile, for the New York Giants, running back Brandon Jacobs (knee), cornerback Trumaine McBride (groin), defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul (shoulder) and cornerback Terrell Thomas (knee) did not practice. Receiver Hakeem Nicks (abdomen) and corner Corey Webster (ankle) were limited.

In other news:
  • The Redskins still have one roster spot to fill after releasing corner Jerome Murphy and placing defensive end Stephen Bowen on injured reserve Tuesday. Shanahan said they’re considering a couple of players, but that there is no rush. It might take until the end of the week before they sign another player.
  • Shanahan said he was reluctant to use Santana Moss earlier this season on punts. But after numerous struggles on that unit, he turned to Moss on Monday. (Moss returned one punt for 13 yards.) "I talked to Santana and wanted to know if he wanted to go back there and he said, 'Coach, anything to help the team out,'" Shanahan said. "Sometimes, I don’t always want to put a veteran back there for obvious reasons, but he said, 'Hey, whatever I can do to help the football team I want to do,' and I thought he was our best choice to get a little spark going."