RICHMOND—The Redskins have experienced some training camp injuries during the first three days of practice. LB Zach Brown sustained a strained quad, LB Ryan Anderson has had to take a couple of days off with back spasms. The most serious injury happened when someone rolled up on Daron Payne’s ankle, an injury that will sideline him for two or three weeks.
On the other side of the coin, some Redskins who were injured in 2017 are getting back to good health.
Most of the concern centers around TE Jordan Reed. He has not played 16 games in any of the five seasons he has been in the NFL and last year toe and hamstring injuries limited him to a career-low six games.
In 2017, Reed treated his toe soreness with physical therapy, an orthopedic insert in his shoes and a stem-cell injection. Since those options did not work he tried something else. He had surgery to remove the sesamoid bone in each of his big toes. Reed said that he has been pain free since recovering from the surgery.
It shows on the field. Although his participation has been limited, he has looked like the Jordan Reed who caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2015. Not coincidentally, his best season came the year he was the healthiest as he played in 14 games.
Reed is running and, more importantly, cutting as effortlessly as he ever has. It must be noted that Reed is not doing everything he will need to do to when he gets back on the field for games. But it’s so far, so good with him.
The other two key offensive players who are recovering, starting offensive tackles Morgan Moses (ankle surgery) and Trent Williams (knee surgery), also are well on their way to full health. As planned, Moses took a few snaps in team drills Saturday while Williams continued to participate in individual work.
Training camp practice is important for any player, but Reed, Williams, and Moses have been in Gruden’s offense for four years, so the impact of the missed time is minimal. You’d rather everyone come into camp healthy and fully participating but as of now, it looks like these injury problems will not linger into the season.
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