Two months ago, Jordan Reed had just finished up a training camp in which he looked like he was ready to re-establish himself as one of the NFL's most dangerous tight ends.
But then, on Aug. 22, Reed was involved in a collision with Falcons safety Keanu Neal in the Redskins' third preseason game. Many deemed Neal's hit a dirty one, and it resulted in yet another concussion for Reed, who's suffered a concerning amount in his football career.
On Saturday, the team finally placed the 29-year-old on injured reserve, which likely ends his 2019 season. The choice was a difficult one, but also the right one.
Since his Atlanta concussion, Reed has attempted to return to the field multiple times. Early on in the year, there were days where he participated in drills for the Burgundy and Gold and appeared to be on track to suit up again, only to encounter setbacks and be sidelined.
Reed's been absent for quite some time now, and while he'd be mentioned in the Redskins' daily injury report following practices, it never felt like he was close to getting fully healthy. In fact, about three weeks ago, it was reported that his overall future in the league was at risk, never mind his status for 2019.
In a corresponding move, the team elevated safety Jeremy Reaves to the active roster. Reaves will provide depth for Sunday's game against the Dolphins, a contest that Deshazor Everett will miss due to injury.
The truth is, with Washington starting 0-5, it was difficult to envision Reed being rushed back to play. Even if they were 5-0, it'd be very hard to justify it.
Now, the pass catcher can take some time to think about his next move. If he wants to continue on as a pro, he'll have plenty of time to recover. If he chooses not to, that'll be absolutely understandable.
It's a sad ending to what was setting up to be an impressive campaign for Reed. But it's also hopefully the best ending for him, even if he'd much rather be starring in the sport he's devoted so much to.
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