Injury updates: Reed Doughty expects to face Chiefs despite concussion

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Strong safety Reed Doughty said Wednesday that he expects to play for the Washington Redskins when they face the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday despite sustaining his second concussion of the season three days ago.

Doughty left the game Sunday against the New York Giants with approximately 2:45 remaining in the second quarter when he was hit on the left side of his head by fullback John Connor. Doughty appeared dazed after the hit and stumbled for two steps, then was shoved by right guard David Diehl, causing him to fall over Redskins teammates Chris Baker and Perry Riley.

He previously sustained a concussion in the Redskins’ victory over the Chicago Bears on Oct. 20, and while he passed several tests over the following days, he did not make the trip when the Redskins played on the road against, and lost to, the Denver Broncos the following weekend.

“I’m not that worried about it,” Doughty said. “As long as you let the first one heal, which I did, the second one is a completely different incident.”

Doughty was limited to what he called a “jog-through” practice on Wednesday per the terms of the NFL’s concussion protocol and officially did not participate. The hit he took from Connor, who was blocking for running back Andre Brown on what ended up being a 1-yard loss, was not as severe as the one he took in the Bears game, when the crown of his helmet collided with that of cornerback Sherrick McManis.

“Five weeks, to me, is no different than hurting my ankle one week and hurting my elbow four weeks later,” Doughty said. “They were completely two different incidents, and like I said, I think this one was minor.”

Tight end Jordan Reed, also going through the concussion protocol, did not practice on Wednesday. He sustained his concussion in the second quarter of the Redskins’ loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 17 and missed the last two games, though he tried to warm up and play Sunday but was unable to do so after experiencing a headache.

He said Wednesday that he started feeling discomfort on Saturday despite being limited in practice the previous three days.

“I wasn’t gonna say nothing, but I mean, they kind of noticed it in me and got it out of me,” Reed said.

Left tackle Trent Williams did not practice after bruising one of his feet during Sunday’s game, while free safety Brandon Meriweather also sat out of practice with a bruised sternum.

Fullback Darrel Young, battling a strained hamstring that kept him out the last two games, was limited in practice, as were inside linebacker London Fletcher (sprained left ankle) and cornerback DeAngelo Hall (unspecified hip and back injuries).

And tight end Niles Paul finished a complete practice on Wednesday after he not only missed every practice but avoided Redskins Park entirely with an unspecified illness.

Paul said that while he suffered from headaches, nausea and “the chills” last week, requiring a trip to the hospital, no official diagnosis was given. He did not attend the Redskins’ game on Sunday and was told to stay home.

“I don’t know,” Paul said. “I mean, the hospital did blood work, and they said it was just a virus.”

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