Jordan Reed had been in the concussion protocol for six months. He was finally cleared on Wednesday, though the Redskins are expected to release Reed and save $8.5 million in cap space.
The talented tight end still wants to wants to play football, but should he? Former Redskins great London Fletcher thinks it time for Reed to walk away.
“I know for a young guy like him -- especially a talented guy -- he wants to continue to play, but I think he may have to come to grips that it’s time to walk away,” Fletcher said in an interview with Radio.com. “There comes a time and place where... people who are close to him have to say ‘hey Jordan, it’s not worth it man.'”
Reed has sustained seven known concussions over his seven-year career. He missed all of 2019 after suffering a helmet-to-helmet hit in a preseason game against the Falcons.
Once one of the best young pass catchers at his position, concussions have prevented Reed from competing in a full 16-game season for Washington.
“I was there the year he had his first concussion and I remember how that situation played out,” Fletcher said. “In Jordan’s case, he’s had so many documented concussions. Now, you don’t know how many undocumented concussions he’s had.”
There's no telling how many undisclosed concussions Reed has had over his career. Rob Gronkowski, who retired from football at the age of 29, has said he suffered around 20 concussions during his days with the Patriots. According to Sports Illustrated, Gronkowski only had three reported concussions over his nine-year career.
Reed is the same age Gronkowski was when he decided to call it a career.
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