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Jordan Reed to miss second straight game after setback

Jordan Reed, left, with Robert Griffin III during the Chargers game, will spend Sunday Night’s Giants game on the bench because of headaches. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Rookie tight end Jordan Reed will miss a second consecutive game after he suffered a head ache following a pre-game workout.

Reed missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers because of a concussion suffered in Week 11 against Philadelphia.

Starting fullback Darrel Young and tight end/special teams ace Niles Paul also will be sidelined as their team hosts the New York Giants.

Inactive for the Giants are: cornerback Corey Webster, running back Brandon Jacobs, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, cornerback Trumaine McBride, offensive lineman Stephen Goodwin and tight end Adrien Robinson.

Young had been questionable with a hamstring injury that forced him out of the previous game. Paul, meanwhile, had missed all of last week’s practices with an illness. Also inactive for the Redskins will be quarterback Rex Grossman, cornerback Chase Minnifield, guard Josh LeRibeus and linebacker Brandon Jenkins.

Running back Evan Royster will start at fullback in place of Young.

Reed’s inactivity comes after he had made positive strides all week, and after not experiencing any lingering effects from the concussion, he  maintained that he expected to play after a week on the sideline.

“Yeah, definitely. I’m perfectly fine,” Reed said on Thursday when asked if he expected to play.

Coach Mike Shanahan also said that he expected that Reed would return to action if he didn’t suffer any setbacks.

But, Reed took the field roughly two hours before kickoff and went through a workout. But a short time later, he watched from midfield as his teammates went through pre-game reps. It was learned soon after that Reed had suffered a headache, and was then ruled out.

Without Reed and Paul, the Redskins will have to rely on Logan Paulsen and Fred Davis at tight end.

Royster, meanwhile, has served as a special teams contributor this season, taking only a couple of offensive snaps. The Redskins routinely only use a fullback on 12 to 20 snaps a game. Paulsen also has lined up at fullback at times.

Paul had served as the team’s kick returner in recent weeks after taking over for a struggling Josh Morgan. It wasn’t immediately clear who would handle kick return duties. Fellow receiver Nick Williams, who has handled punt return duties, is active and possibly could be used on kick returns.

For in-game updates, analysis, photos and the best of social media, plus a place to talk with fellow Redskins fans, visit our live blog, from two hours before kickoff through the post-game news conferences.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.
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