The Redskins are dealing with an injury that is of some heightened concern to them as they prepare to play the Packers on Sunday.
Long snapper Nick Sundberg missed practice with a back injury.
“He tweaked his back in the weight room who we’ll have to see how he’s doing tomorrow,” said coach Jay Gruden. “[We’ll] bring in some possible guys to look at and go from there. See how how he’s doing tomorrow.”
The problem with having a long snapper injured is that there isn’t a backup to him on the roster. If Sundberg can’t play on Sunday—and we are a long way from knowing what the chances of that are—the team would have to sign a replacement to the 53-man roster. That would mean cutting a player who is on the team.
WR DeSean Jackson (shoulder) was limited in practice for a second straight day.
“He did everything,” said Gruden. “He id the majority—he did some of the team reps. He was running. We didn’t to any contact obviously . . . We’ve just got to see how he’s doing tonight and tomorrow.”
Jackson missed last week’s game against the Vikings with the shoulder injury. There were reports that he would miss another game but he appears to be on track to go against the Packers.
NFL players took to Twitter on Saturday to send well-wishes to Andrew Luck after news broke that he is retiring from the NFL.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Luck was 'mentally worn out' after years of battling injuries. Luck confirmed the news in an emotional press conference on Saturday night.
"Andrew luck I understand you 100% brotha," wrote Dez Bryant. "... take your time ... I wish you the best."
Redskins rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins reacted to the news with emojis.
Former player turned ESPN analyst Emmanuel Acho posted video of Colts fans booing Luck as he walked into the locker room. "Coach always said, 'the pats on the back eventually turn into stabs,'" he wrote.
"That's bad to boo that man," added former Redskins player Chris Baker.
Former Ravens and current Carolina player Torrey Smith tweeted that anyone in the sport understands.
Jaguars long snapper Matt Overton wrote he was "shook."
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Jordan Reed took a major blow to the head in the Redskins third preseason game in Atlanta, and the blow eventually landed Washington's stud tight end in the NFL's concussion protocol.
Falcons safety Keanu Neal delivered the hit, and while it was clearly illegal and resulted in a penalty on the field, he took to Twitter to defend his play.
It's hard to judge intent under the incredible speed that plays happen during pro football. When a player goes in for a tackle, ball carriers can also move, and plays that look dirty in slow motion can look reasonable in full speed. Still, it's undeniable that Reed took a major shot in the helmet from Neal, and it definitely seemed unnecessary. And it's not a secret that Reed has dealt with serious head injuries throughout his NFL career.
There has been no update on Reed's condition beyond that he's in the NFL concussion protocol. Reed also stayed in the game after the big hit from Neal before his concussion symptoms showed up at halftime.
Neal is a fifth-year safety out of the University of Florida. He missed most of the 2018 season with an ACL injury. Reed also attended the University of Florida.
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