Tight end Jordan Reed, left, makes a reception against DeAngelo Hall early in training camp. (John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said he will play against the Buffalo Bills on Friday. He did not suit up during Washington’s first two preseason games against the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Jets because of a sprained left thumb, although Reed said he’s been practicing for the past two weeks.

Redskins Coach Jay Gruden has been cautious with Reed’s injury that he suffered during training camp in Richmond. Reed was active during individual drills and during 1-on-1s at the start of Monday’s practice.

“Practice is never going to be the same as the game,” Reed said. “I definitely need to get out there on that field and go against somebody else other than our own team, work on dodging tackles and getting out of the way.”

Reed said he feels physically fine leading up to the Bills game. It’ll be his first opportunity to face a live-tackling situation this season in what will be the offense’s dress rehearsal game.

“You’ve just got to kind of simulate that on your own,” Reed said. “Treat every down like it’s real and run after the catch.”

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