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Rivera doesn't think the 'ship has sailed' on bringing in Eric Reid

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When the Washington Football Team lost safety and team captain Landon Collins for the season nearly a month ago due to a torn Achilles, head coach Ron Rivera reached out to free-agent safety Eric Reid about signing with the team.

Rivera offered Reid -- who played under the head coach for two seasons in Carolina -- the veteran practice squad spot on the roster. Reid turned down the opportunity, citing he was "not in a place to play on the practice squad right now."

Since then, Washington has also lost safety Deshazor Everett for the immediate future with a high ankle sprain.

With the Burgundy and Gold's safety group decimated by injury currently, Rivera was asked once again whether he would consider bringing in Reid - or if the veteran would again turn away from that opportunity.

"No, I don't think that ship has necessarily sailed," Rivera said. "We'll see what happens."

When Rivera first offered Reid the practice squad position, it was because he didn't want the veteran safety to get in the way of some of Washington's younger safeties, such as Kam Curl and Jeremy Reaves, right away.

Rivera felt that since both Curl and Reaves had been with the team throughout training camp and done everything asked of them, they deserved the first crack at replacing Collins.

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On Thursday, the head coach once again reiterated that his staff wants to see what they have in their younger players before they were to bring in someone like Reid.

"Again, as I told you guys, we have some young guys that we want to watch," Rivera said. "We can go forward from there."

So, while Rivera isn't ruling out bringing in Reid, his comments make it seem unlikely that Washington ultimately offers a roster spot to the veteran safety once again this season.