After suffering his seventh concussion, Jordan Reed's longterm health and well-being is a major cause for concern.
Redskins RB Chris Thompson told The Sports Junkies Tuesday that he read ESPN's Adam Schefter's report earlier this week that Reed's career is in jeopardy, and spoke to Reed about his concerns.
“It’s a tough situation. I know how J Reed is. I’ve been with him…we got drafted together and I played against him in college so I know how he is about football," Thompson said on The Sports Junkies. "I know how he feels and he really wants to be out there but, I told him yesterday, I was like, ‘man, you gotta go out there and gotta be smart. You gotta take care of yourself, it’s bigger than this, it’s bigger than just this game.'”
"He has kids and a family and stuff and I want him to be able to live his life and enjoy it to the fullest with those kids and not have to deal with any side effects or whatever, mental issues from having these concussions," Thompson said.
However, Thompson said Reed is "anxious to get out there," and despite his concerns, Thompson wants Reed to do what's best for him.
“If he starts to feel really good again and he’s ready and willing to go out there, then I’m all for it," Thompson said. "But if he has any doubt, then I don’t wanna see him out there."
Due to the longterm effects of sustaining multiple concussions, many feel Reed should strongly consider retirement, but Thompson said he did not get that feeling from Reed when he spoke with him.
“From when I talked to him yesterday, I don’t see that…I don’t feel that he's contemplating it, but at the same time, I don't know," Thompson said. "That’s just one short conversation we were able to have yesterday."
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