Washington Redskins: Corey Webster

Jordan Reed, Darrel Young inactive

December, 1, 2013
The Washington Redskins expected tight end Jordan Reed to play Sunday night against the New York Giants, but a pregame headache will sideline the rookie for a second consecutive game. Earlier in the day, a team official told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Reed would play. But after warming up the Redskins decided he would be inactive.

Fullback Darrel Young also will be inactive for a second consecutive game because of a hamstring injury. Young expressed optimism throughout the week that he would play. Compounding matters at this position is that tight end Niles Paul will be inactive after missing three practices this week with an undisclosed illness.

Paul served as Young's replacement last week, but now when the Redskins need a fullback they'll have to use one of the two tight ends active Sunday night: Logan Paulsen or Fred Davis. They'll also miss Paul and Young on special teams; Paul had been returning kickoffs. Evan Royster and Josh Morgan are return options. Royster could play some fullback, too. However, it will be a good chance for Davis to show what he can still do. The problem is, quarterback Robert Griffin III had developed a strong level of trust in Reed, especially on third down.

The other Redskins inactives: quarterback Rex Grossman, cornerback Chase Minnifield, linebacker Brandon Jenkins and guard Josh LeRibeus.

The Giants' inactives: quarterback Ryan Nassib, cornerback Corey Webster, running back Brandon Jacobs, cornerback Trumaine McBride, tight end Adrien Robinson, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and offensive lineman Stephen Goodin. Also, James Brewer will start at left guard for Kevin Boothe, who shifts to center to replace injured Jim Cordle. With McBride and Webster out, Jayron Hosley will start at corner.

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).