- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 7, 2015

ASHBURN — Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was not at practice on Wednesday after sustaining a concussion in Sunday’s 23-20 win against the Philadelphia Eagles.

Reed sustained a concussion in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game with 46 seconds remaining. He was hit as he tried to secure a catch and remained down on the turf, before getting up and walking off the field. Reed also sprained the MCL in his right knee and his left ankle, but the concussion is the biggest concern.

It was the fourth concussion Reed has been diagnosed with since high school and the second in three seasons with the Redskins.

“The concussion thing and the protocol, our hands are tied on that,” Gruden said on Wednesday. “It’s up to the independent doctors, our doctors, Jordan, how he’s feeling and each day you just have to gauge the symptoms he has. It’s safety first for the player and we want to make sure he’s right and go from there.”

Reed has been a big factor in the Redskins’ offense this season, catching 24 passes for a team-high 278 yards and a touchdown. Of his 24 receptions, 18 have been for a first down.

The offense will be missing a big weapon on Sunday if Reed is unable to play against the Atlanta Falcons, though it may be getting one back in wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Jackson practiced with the team for the first time since injuring his left hamstring in the season opener against the Miami Dolphins on Sept. 13. Jackson was expected to be out three to four weeks.

“We know how much he means to our offense and it would definitely help, but it’s also something we have to see,” Gruden said. “It’s something, we can’t rush him back, don’t want this to be a recurring incident. We’ll just have to see [Thursday] what he can do.”

Jackson was injured on the second play of the season opener trying to catch a pass deep down the right sideline. He got tangled with Miami cornerback Brent Grimes and said he felt his hamstring pull as he accelerated to the ball.

Although Jackson was limited in practice, he said he spent time running routes on the sidelines when he was not participating in team drills.

Is he optimistic about his availability for Sunday?

“Trying to be,” Jackson said. “I didn’t participate in full but did some things where I felt good. But, I’ve got two more days to determine that. [Thursday] will be a good day to find that out and Friday another good day. As long as I can gradually get better, it’s possible [to play].

“I think gradually, it can’t just happen in one day. It’s really my first day out there practicing with the team. I definitely didn’t try to push it to that limit, just get that motion, get that blood flowing.”

Cornerback Chris Culliver, who played all 56 defensive snaps on Sunday despite a variety of left leg injuries, was also absent from Wednesday’s practice. Gruden said Culliver was getting another MRI examination to check the status of the inflammation in his left knee, as well as his groin and quad.

“It was uncomfortable for him, it didn’t feel right for him throughout the whole game and he feels he didn’t play up to his capabilities in that ballgame and wants to get it checked out,” Gruden said. “He wants to be 100 percent, so we’ll continue to get rehab and see what he can do at the end of the week.”

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who sustained a grade-two sprain of his right big toe in Week 3, did some conditioning drills on a side field while the rest of the team practiced.

Inside linebacker Perry Riley, who missed the last two games because of a left calf strain, also returned to practice and was limited, and Gruden said he feels optimistic about his availability for Sunday.

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