Jordan Reed continues to make strides in his recovery from a concussion, but he still hasn't been cleared to practice.
On Wednesday, the Redskins tight end he watched from the sideline and attended meetings—things he was not permitted to do last week.
“It’s a very positive step,” Coach Jay Gruden said of Reed's increased involvement. “To get him back out here and let him come to meetings is the first step back to recovery.”
Reed suffered the fourth diagnosed concussion of his career against late against the Eagles and has been sidelined since. The third-year player, who missed the final six games of his rookie season with a concussion, cannot suit up for a game until he’s been cleared by an independent doctor.
“The whole concussion protocol thing is something we have to take very seriously for each individual player,” Gruden said earlier this week. “Each individual instance is its own entity and we’ll have to go from there. We are optimistic…but he still has to pass all the tests.”
Reed’s importance to the Redskins’ offense can’t be overstated. In fact, he still leads the team in receiving yards (278) and first downs (18), despite missing Sunday’s game in Atlanta.
For now, however, Gruden can only wait and hope.
“It’s a process and we just have to wait and see,” Gruden said. “It’s out of our hands as far as how he’s feeling. It’s up to Jordan and the doctor [as to] when he gets cleared.”