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Playing through 'severe pain,' Jordan Reed plays most impressive game of career

Playing through 'severe pain,' Jordan Reed plays most impressive game of career

DALLAS - Jordan Reed has had bigger statistical games than he did against the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but not by much. More importanly than statistics, however, is that Reed posted the bulk of his 95 yards and both of his touchdowns while playing with a seperated shoulder.

Read that again: Reed scored two TDs while playing with a separated shoulder. In just his fourth year in the NFL, Reed has already established himself as a top three tight end, but on Thursday, he played the best game of his career.

In the locker room after the game, Reed was in visible pain. When he spoke with reporters, he described the pain as "severe" and said all he could do was "block it out" to get back on the field. 

Redskins players and coaches were surprised Reed came back into the game after coming down hard on the shoulder early in the second quarter.

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"I was a little bit surprised. He can’t watch, he wants to play. That has always been his approach," Kirk Cousins said of his tight end. "He’s a great player. I was happy he came back, but I told him you know, you have got a lot of great years of football left, so let’s not waste future years for one or two games. He’s a fighter."

Washington head coach Jay Gruden echoed his QB's comments.

"I'm really impressed with Jordan," Gruden said. "I didn’t think he’d come back – but he came back and made some huge plays for us."

Speaking with somebody close to the team, it seems highly likely Reed will be forced to play through the pain of the sprained AC joint for the remainder of the season. The team can attempt to manage the pain on game days, but the injury requires long periods of rest, something that is hard to find for a Redskins team fighting for a Wild Card playoff berth.

Early in his career, Reed dealt with a number of injuries. He's yet to play a full season, and he's already missed two games this year. Along the way, in some circles the tight end developed a reputation of being fragile.

Reed's play Sunday dismisses that notion, completely. Even Gruden did not expect his tight end to be able to go in the second half against Dallas. 

"There was doubt, yes. There was very much doubt," Gruden said of Reed's return. "In fact, I didn’t think he’d come back in but Jordan, he came back in and made some gigantic plays for us. It just goes to show you what type of man he’s growing into, and football player, and person."

 

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Browns GM admits trade talks with Redskins' Bruce Allen but 'takes two to tango'

Browns GM admits trade talks with Redskins' Bruce Allen but 'takes two to tango'

As the days inch closer to the NFL Trade Deadline on October 29th, the Redskins still sit with a giant hole on their roster as standout tackle Trent Williams continues his holdout. 

It doesn't have to be that way, but Redskins Team President Bruce Allen has said repeatedly he doesn't intend to trade Williams this year. And judging by the words from Browns GM John Dorsey right, Allen is telling the truth. 

"We’ve had a few conversations,'’ Dorsey said via Cleveland.com. "It takes two to tango."

The indication being Allen rebuffed the conversation, which is similar to what sources said during training camp that at least three AFC teams called to inquire about Williams and were told there was no discussion to be had. Well, the clock is ticking, and as each day passes, it makes less and less sense to have Williams in Washington. Or more accurately, to have Williams under contract with Washington but not actually in Washington.

Redskins interim head coach Bill Callahan got asked about the trade talks and said quickly: "I don't know anything about that, so we’ll see about that."

The head coach then added, "You’re always looking to improve your roster by any means. Whether you’re acquiring by trade or acquiring it through free agency or obviously guys off the waiver wire, we’re always looking."

Cleveland is certainly interested in Williams, Dorsey made that clear without naming him. At 2-4, his team is underperforming against expectations, and star second-year QB Baker Mayfield has been sacked 16 times in six games. Dorsey knows he needs to bolster the Browns offensive line. 

"It’s a hard position to acquire, especially at this time of year. We’ll make a million phone calls. We’ll constantly work the phones," Dorsey said. "If nothing happens, we’ll move onto the next project. If we think we can improve the position, we’ll make a move if it’s right for this organization."

Compensation will be key as the Williams situation unfolds. The team will want a lot for the seven-time Pro Bowler and some teams might be unwilling to pay with a first-rounder. Williams is under contract for through 2020, but might want a new deal or more guaranteed money in his current contract. 

The calls will keep coming to Ashburn asking about WIlliams. The question will be if Allen will pick them up. 

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Landon Collins earns NFC Defensive Player of the Week

Landon Collins earns NFC Defensive Player of the Week

The wins just keep piling up in Washington, D.C.

Maybe that's not totally true for the Washington Redskins, but they are certainly moving in the right direction. The NFL announced Wednesday that Redskins safety Landon Collins won the NFC Defensive Player of the Week award after his dominant performance Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.

Collins did a little bit of everything in the Redskins' 17-16 win over the Dolphins, recording 12 tackles, one sack, one forced fumble and two passes defensed. 10 of his tackles were solo and one was for a loss.

He was the only NFC player this week to record a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble.

Collins has now won Defensive Player of the Week four times in his career. He received the first three honors while a member of the New York Giants and had not won the award since Week 11 of the 2017 season. Collins is the first Redskin to receive the award since linebacker Keenan Robinson in Week 7 of 2014.

He is enjoying a strong start to his first season with the Redskins, as Collins is tied for third in the NFL and tied for second in the NFC for solo tackles. Collins is tied for seventh in the NFL and sixth in the NFC for combined tackles as well.

With Washington, D.C. in the winning spirit lately, between the Nationals getting to the World Series and the Mystics winning the WNBA Finals, hopefully Collins' and the Redskins' Week 6 performances are signs of more to come.

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