The Washington Times - November 27, 2013, 02:39PM

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed took a big step toward playing Sunday night against the New York Giants when doctors cleared him to participate in Wednesday’s practice.

Reed was still limited thanks to the concussion sustained Nov. 17 against Philadelphia. That cost him Monday’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. But he finally passed the necessary neurophysiological tests. He’ll continue to be tested, but barring a setback the next step is a full contact practice and no symptoms the rest of the week.


Washington did not have fullback Darrel Young (hamstring) or tight end Niles Paul (illness). Young missed Monday’s game against San Francisco. Safety Jose Gumbs (ankle) participated in the entire practice.

Meanwhile, the Redskins still have an open roster spot after Tuesday’s moves. They placed defensive end Stephen Bowen (knee) on injured reserve, ending his season, waived cornerback Jerome Murphy, who had played all 11 games on special teams, but no snaps on defense, and signed and promoted wide receiver Josh Bellamy off their practice squad to the active roster.

Cornerback Peyton Thompson was then signed to the practice squad. That leaves one open spot on the 53-man active roster that Washington has yet tot fill.

“We have an idea. We have a couple of people in mind – possibilities,” Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said. “Sometimes there’s injuries where if you don’t have to replace somebody right away, you can wait until the end of the week or possibly after the game, but right now we haven’t done anything.”