One injured Redskins player is sure he will be on the field on Sunday against the New York Giants. The other is taking a wait-and-see approach.
Washington tight end Jordan Reed, the team’s second-leading receiver, has passed the necessary concussion tests to return to the practice field, albeit in a limited role. But provided he has no setback with recurring symptoms in the next two days, Reed says he’s ready to return to game action.
“I’m definitely going for sure,” Reed said.
Redskins coach Mike Shanahan agreed - barring a setback. He wasn’t so sure on fullback Darrel Young, who suffered a strained hamstring in practice last Wednesday and missed the 49ers game last Monday. He did not practice Thursday.
“I felt all right. We’ll go out there tomorrow and see what happens,” Young said. “I can’t really give an update because I haven’t done much. If it goes good tomorrow in practice, hopefully I’ll be good for Sunday.”
Young has had three previous hamstring strains while with the Redskins so caution is the word of the week. He doesn’t want yet another one to linger because he rushed back onto the field. Young later called it “a coaches’ decision” if he plays.
Reed’s prognosis was encouraging, but he, too, has a history of concussions. He’s now had three, including a nasty one while playing in college at Florida.
“I got it on the run play. I got hit pretty good,” Reed said. “I think it was on the side of my head. It kind of got me a little concussion…[It] was mainly just protocol. They were taking care of me, making sure I wasn’t out there too quick.”
In other injury news, tight end Niles Paul again didn’t participate in practice with an illness. Safety Jose Gumbs (sprained left ankle) participated fully.