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Need to Know: Gruden may have to be the one to persuade Cousins to stay

Need to Know: Gruden may have to be the one to persuade Cousins to stay

Here is what you need to know on this Thursday, March 9, 40 days before Washington Redskins start offseason workouts on April 17  

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Days until:

—NFL Draft (4/27) 49
—Redskins OTAs start (5/24) 76
—Franchise tag contract deadline (7/15) 128
—First Sunday of 2017 season (9/10) 185

Can Gruden convince Kirk Cousins to stay?

After two years with the focus mostly on football, with relatively quiet offseasons and moderate success on the field in the falls, Redskins have crashed back into dysfunction.

Scot McCloughan, whose arrival marked the start of the Redskins behaving like a normal football operation, appears to be on the way out. The company line is that he is out dealing with family issues and his date of return to Redskins Park is unknown. But some solid reporting by the Washington Post reveals that McCloughan was frustrated by being overruled on personnel matters and that is why the end is in sight.

Besides McCloughan, the other individual who gave Redskins some hope in the past two years is quarterback Kirk Cousins. But he may be on the way out, too. He is on the franchise tag for the second straight year. The Redskins are trying to sign him long term but besides not offering close to what most agree Cousins’ fair market value is. And even if they get there, the feeling at Redskins Park is that he just doesn’t want to be there.

The Redskins’ only chance of persuading Cousins to stay may be for Jay Gruden to do the sales job of his life. While the other decision makers in Ashburn have waffled about supporting Cousins, Gruden has steadfastly been in his corner.

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If not for Gruden, Cousins would not be on the verge of getting a contract that will pay him over $100 million. The coach stuck his neck on the line in 2015 when he fought to bench management favorite Robert Griffin III and make Cousins the starter. Gruden stuck by his guy when Cousins struggled early in the year. But he finished the season strong and the Redskins won the NFC East title. He was the perfect fit for Gruden’s offense and he broke every major team passing record.

That season got Cousins on the road to million-dollar paydays. Had Gruden not stuck his neck out for Cousins and if Gruden didn’t have the ideal offense for Cousins’ skill set, the quarterback could well still be struggling to gain a foothold in the NFL.

So if anyone can persuade Cousins to remain with the Redskins, it’s Gruden. And maybe with the dumpster fire spreading in Ashburn, it’s too late already. But at some point, I would expect Gruden to give it a go and we will see what happens.

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A timeline of Jordan Reed's concussion, injury history

A timeline of Jordan Reed's concussion, injury history

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is one of the most dynamic players in the NFL at his position when he's on the field.

The problem is, Reed just can't stay healthy. The 29-year-old has missed the Redskins' first two games of 2019 and already been ruled out for Monday's contest against the Bears, as he continues to recover from a concussion he suffered August 22 vs. Atlanta.

On Sunday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Reed's playing career could be in jeopardy, as he has struggled to recover from his latest concussion.

Here's a timeline of Reed's concussion and injury history, dating back to his college days as a Florida Gator. 

November 2010: In his freshman year at Florida, Reed suffered his first documented concussion in a 31-7 loss to Florida State. He returned for the team's bowl game vs. Penn State on Jan. 1, 2011.

October 2011: Reed suffered a concussion at some point during the 2011 season, but did not appear to miss any games due to the injury.

September 2012: The tight end suffers his third concussion in college, but did not miss any games for the Gators. Reed returned to action after the bye week. 

November 2013: As a rookie, Reed suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Eagles. He would not return at any point later in the season, landing on injured reserve. He became close to returning multiple times, but the symptoms kept returning. 

September 2014: In Washington's season opener, Reed pulled his hamstring against Houston. The injury would force him to miss the next four weeks.

November 2014: Reed re-injuries his hamstring in a 27-7 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He would miss the following week with the injury.

October 2015: In a Week 4 clash with the Eagles, Reed suffered multiple injuries, including his fifth documented concussion. He left the game originally with an ankle injury, returned, then suffered the concussion. He would miss the Redskins next two games.

October 2016: In a Week 5 matchup vs. Baltimore, Reed suffered his sixth documented concussion. He initially tried to play through the injury, but entered the protocol following the game. He would miss the team's next two games. 

November 2016: In a Thanksgiving clash with Dallas, Reed suffered a Grade 3 separation in his shoulder. While the tight end would finish the game (and score two touchdowns), he would miss two of the team's next four games with the injury.

September 2017: Reed suffered a chest injury against the Rams, missing the Redskins Week 3 contest vs. Oakland the following week.

October 2017: A hamstring injury Reed suffered against the Cowboys in Week 8 would eventually put Reed on IR, costing him the team's final nine games of the season.

December 2018: Reed would suffer a toe strain against the Giants in Week 14. The tight end would miss Washington's final three games of the season.

August 2019: In the team's third preseason game, Reed suffered the seventh documented concussion of his football career after being struck by Falcons' safety Keanu Neal. He has missed the Redskins first three games of the 2019 season and counting.

Source: Sports Injury Predictor

Monday's contest against the Bears will mark the 34th time during Reed's NFL tenure that he will be unable to play due to injury. 

If, and when Reed will suit up next for the Redskins seems more uncertain than ever.

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Jordan Reed’s NFL future reportedly uncertain as concussion issues continue

Jordan Reed’s NFL future reportedly uncertain as concussion issues continue

Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was ruled out for Monday night's contest with the Chicago Bears on Saturday, as he continues to recover from a concussion suffered in Week 3 of the preseason.

Now, more reports are coming out about Reed's status. Not just for the upcoming game, but for his future in the NFL.

Currently trying to come back from his seventh recorded concussion dating back to his college football days, there is now uncertainty surrounding the continuation of his NFL career, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

The seventh-year veteran's history with injuries is a long one. Despite showing flashes of dominance throughout his time with the Redskins, Reed has still not been able to put together a full season with no missed time. 

At his best, he's shown that he can be a reliable and explosive target for his quarterbacks. In 14 games in 2015 (his most played in a single season) he compiled 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. But, both concussions, as well as nagging issues in other areas, have limited him to just 19 games throughout the 2017 and 2018 seasons and left the Redskins offense without a crucial piece.

As Reed continues to go through concussion protocol, updates about his status will be hard to come by. Back in Week 1, it looked as if the tight end would be back on the field soon, but it seems as if setbacks have clouded the timeline. 

Head injuries are serious, and if Reed's most recent concussion continues to cause problems, it looks as if a decision about his career could come to the forefront. 

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