It looks like the Redskins’ offense may be getting a boost for Sunday’s critical game against the Giants.

TE Jordan Reed (shoulder) was a limited participant in practice on Thursday but according to Jay Gruden he is steadily improving.

“He looks good,” said Gruden. “he did a lot more today and we’ve just got to keep monitoring him, make sure he’s OK and getting the right treatment, getting stronger and more confident. That’s the big thing is make sure he has the confidence where he can extend his arm and do all the things necessary to separate from defenders. But I think he’s on the right track.”

Jordan has been a major element missing from the Redskins’ offense. In four games since he sustained a Grade 3 shoulder sprain on Thanksgiving Day in Dallas he has missed two. In the other two, he caught a total of two passes for 16 yards.

In eight games prior to the injury, reed averaged six receptions for 67 yards per game. The Washington offense has been up and down since Reed has been out and Kirk Cousins and company would very much welcome the return of even a reasonably healthy Reed.

The news isn’t quite as good on defense. CB Quinton Dunbar (concussion) and S Su’a Cravens (upper arm) both were out of practice. Gruden can’t comment on players in the concussion protocol but he did say that “it’s long shot” when asked about Dunbar’s potential availability. He said something similar about Cravens on Wednesday.


RB Rob Kelley was limited in practice. The last two days after practice Kelley has said that he believes that he will carry a normal workload on Sunday. However, the decision will be up to the doctors and coaches and not to him.

Reserve OT Vinston Painter (calf) also was out of practice. Others limited were DE Chris Baker (ankle), ILB Will Compton (knee), OLB Ryan Kerrigan (elbow), C Spencer Long (ankle), OLB Trent Murphy (foot), and ILB Martrell Spaight (shoulder).

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