The Washington Times
February 17, 2020
Six months after taking a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit that ended his season, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed still remains in concussion protocol.
Redskins coach Ron Rivera told The Athletic that Reed, who suffered his seventh documented concussion of his career in the preseason and did not play in 2019, is still dealing with concussion symptoms.
A Redskins source told The Washington Times the league’s concussion protocol even extends to the offseason because the team’s in-house and independent doctors have yet to clear Reed.
Reed was placed on injured reserve in October after making little progress with the injury. In August, Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal collided with Reed, who was soon diagnosed with a concussion. The Redskins had initially hoped he would be able to play just a few weeks later, but the tight end could not consistently practice.
Reed’s future in the NFL, and with the Redskins, is not publicly known. Washington can cut him this offseason to save $8.5 million.
Reed, too, will have to determine if he wants to keep playing football, if a decision hasn’t already been made. And if he wants to play, the question becomes whether he even can see the field again.
ESPN reported in September the 29-year-old’s future was in jeopardy because of his multiple concussions.
Reed was rarely seen at Redskins Park after going on injured reserve. He was last spotted by reporters in the team locker room a day after Washington’s season finale, where he politely declined comment.