The Washington Redskins have listed tight end Jordan Reed as questionable for Sunday’s game at Philadelphia, but Reed said Friday that he plans to play despite continued pain in his separated left shoulder.
Reed missed last Sunday’s game because of the injury, suffered in the Thanksgiving Day loss to the Cowboys. Last week he estimated that he had only about 30 percent range of motion. Reed said that while the pain remains, he has almost full range of motion.
“Going into the game, I’m sure I’m going to be dealing with pain, but I have to get through it,” said Reed, who has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns. “If I make it worse, I’ll take myself out and let them know. But I know I’ll have to deal with pain. … Adrenaline helps a lot. I feel like if I can do some things in practice, I’ll be able to go out and do things in the game because adrenaline will have kicked in.”
Reed drew praise from coach Jay Gruden for returning to the game in Dallas for the second half, when he recorded eight catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns. Gruden said Reed’s second-half performance demonstrated increased maturity and mental toughness.
Early in his career, Reed struggled to play through injuries, and hamstring strains and knee bruises forced him to miss 12 games in his first two seasons. But Reed said this week that now, as a fourth-year veteran, he has developed a better pain tolerance.
“Growing up, I was a quarterback, so I didn’t have to deal with that much in my career,” he said. “My rookie year in the NFL, having that contact day in and day out was something I had to learn to deal with, and how to be mentally tough and get through certain situations.”
Asked on Friday about Reed’s dedication this week, Gruden said, “You see it today just as he’s pushing himself to get out there and work. He’s anxious to get out there with the team, but he also understands this is an injury he has to deal with and he has to get well. … I think he’s trending in the right direction. So, that’s a good sign.”
Also questionable for the Redskins: defensive ends Chris Baker (ankle) and Ricky Jean Francois (foot), guard Shawn Lauvao (groin), tackle Ty Nsekhe (ankle), tight end Derek Carrier (knee), linebacker Will Compton (shoulder) and guard Brandon Scherff (ankle).
Lauvao and Nsekhe didn’t take part in practice during practice Wednesday through Friday. Trent Williams has returned from suspension, so he will reclaim his starting left tackle position. And second-year pro Arie Kouandjio is set to start in place of Lauvao.
Ruled out for Sunday’s game: center Spencer Long (concussion), safety Will Blackmon (concussion) and defensive end Anthony Lanier (foot). John Sullivan will start at center, and the Redskins could activate Kory Lichtensteiger off injured reserve to serve as his backup.