- The Washington Times - Friday, December 2, 2016

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals by Washington coach Jay Gruden on Friday.

Reed suffered a Grade 3 separation of the AC joint in his left shoulder when he fell to the ground on Thanksgiving Day during the Redskins’ game against the Dallas Cowboys.

After the game, Reed grimaced in pain as he tried to take off and put on T-shirts. He required assistance to do so.

Reed said Monday that he had about 30 percent mobility in the shoulder. Washington hoped his range of motion would improve as the week went on, but Gruden said Friday that Reed’s range of motion was insufficient and, as a result, he would not play Sunday. Reed did not practice all week.

Reed is one of the league’s best tight ends. In a career-high 14 games last season, he caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. This season, he has caught 59 passes in nine games. Against Dallas, he made 12 catches for 95 yards, much of which came in the second half following the shoulder injury.

In his place, veteran Vernon Davis will start. The 32-year-old Davis has had a resurgence since joining the Redskins. He’s made 31 catches this season, his most since 2013.

Reed’s absence bumps Derek Carrier up in the pecking order at tight end. He and Davis will be the top two tight ends.

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