Tight end Jordan Reed said he is “optimistic” he will be able to play Sunday when the Washington Redskins face the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field.
Reed’s left shoulder, which he injured on Thanksgiving Day against Dallas, remains painful, and the tight end was limited in Thursday’s practice. But he did increase his activities in that session. On the first practice day the week, Reed did only individual drills; on Thursday, he took part in both individual and one-on-one drills.
Reed, who missed last week’s game, said the shoulder remains painful even when he’s running and pumping his arms, let alone when getting tackled or absorbing contact from defensive backs who will try to jam him at the line. But Reed says the range of motion has improved significantly and that he’s learning how to function despite the pain.
“It’s painful but something I can deal with,” Reed said.
Reed said he considered sitting out another week but that he believes Sunday’s game, against a division foe with a chance to remain in the playoff hunt, is an important one.
“There are definitely some worries and things like that, but like I said it before, I’ll just leave it in God’s hands and just go do my job,” Reed said.
Asked about Reed’s chances of playing, Coach Jay Gruden said, “He looked good today, but we’ll see. He’s still a little sore. Right now, I have absolutely no idea. But it’s good to see him out there running and catching the ball.”
Not practicing Thursday were defensive end Chris Baker (ankle), safety Will Blackmon (concussion, thumb), defensive end Anthony Lanier (shin), left guard Shawn Lauvao (groin), center Spencer Long (concussion) and tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle).
Limited in practice: defensive end Ricky Jean Francois (foot, knee), safety Donte Whitner (illness), tight end Derek Carrier (knee), linebacker Will Compton (hip), guard Brandon Scherff (ankle) and linebacker Preston Smith (groin).