Redskins TE Jordan Reed says he has no lingering effects from last season’s concussion

May 29, 2014

Jordan Reed missed most of the second half of his first season due to a concussion. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Tight end Jordan Reed said Thursday he is fully recovered from the concussion that caused him to miss the final six games of his rookie season.

Reed described himself as “all set” and said he has been cleared by doctors without restrictions on his on-field activities. But he also acknowledged that he’d become concerned after symptoms lingered from the concussion that he suffered during a Nov. 17 game at Philadelphia last season.

“I started getting a little scared after about two months that maybe I’m gonna be like this forever or something like that,” Reed said following Thursday’s offseason practice at Redskins Park. “But it ended up going away.”

Reed said he suffered severe headaches and nausea and was unable to sleep at night.

“It was tough,” Reed said. ‘It was a hard time for me in my life. It was tough not being out there with the team when we were struggling and things like that…. It lasted a long time. It was tough. Some games, I wasn’t being completely honest in telling them how bad they were. So that’s why I was kind of being able to come back and then getting kicked out again.”

Reed said the concussion left him with mixed feelings about his rookie season. He was highly productive when he played, with 45 catches for 499 yards in nine games.

“I feel pretty good about the time that I did play,” he said. “But there’s still some sour feeling toward the end of the season, not being able to play and things like that…. I feel like I’ve got a lot to prove still. I want to have a great season and just help the team out in any way I can.”

Reed said he expects quarterback Robert Griffin III to have plenty of options in the passing game this season, with the additions of wide receivers DeSean Jackson and Andre Roberts to complement top holdover wide receiver Pierre Garcon.

“I feel that there’s a whole bunch of targets on offense that Rob can throw to,” Reed said. “I feel the defense is not gonna be able to double-team or anything like that with so many weapons. I feel like I’ve got a chance to get open a lot.”

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Mike Jones · May 29, 2014