After missing the Redskins 31-23 loss to the Arizona Cardinals with a left shoulder injury, tight end Jordan Reed sounds like he will return this Sunday in Philadelphia.
"I feel confident," Reed said of playing against the Eagles.
The injury came in the first half against the Cowboys on Thanskgiving Day. Reed went up high to try and grab a Kirk Cousins' pass in the end zone. The ball fell incomplete, and Reed landed hard on his shoulder. The diagnosis was bad: an AC joint sprain. Even with that, Reed returned in the second half against the Cowboys and caught two touchdowns.
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Last week, Reed did not practice once and the team ruled their star tight end out for the Cardinals game on Friday. This week, facing a division foe in the Eagles, Reed said he's feeling much better and the range of motion in the shoulder has improved significantly.
"Today I just felt a lot better. It's painful but something I can deal with," Reed said. "I'm pretty good with range of motion, I almost got all my range of motion back."
While Reed is still fighting through a lot of pain, he practiced on Thursday in a limited role. Going through practice while the media was present, Reed looked athletic and fluid going through drills, but also seemed to show discomfort in between reps.
"He looked good today, but we'll see," Washington coach Jay Gruden said of his tight end.
The coach did not express the same confidence that Reed would play Sunday as the 'Skins look to halt a two-game skid.
"I have absolutely no idea," Gruden said. "But it is good to see him out here running and catching the ball."
Faith plays an important role for Reed, just as it did coming back from a concussion earlier this year. Reed proved his willingness to play through pain when he returned for the second half in Dallas.
"It's definitely some worries," Reed said about pushing through the pain. "I just leave it in God's hands and I just go out there and do my job."
He's made clear that the shoulder is still hurting him, but that he is willing to fight through that to be on the field with his teammates.
"We can't predict that or guess how he actually feels come game time," Gruden said of Reed. "Ultimately, it will be his call."
On the season, Reed has 59 catches for 630 yards and five touchdowns.
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