Unfortunately, us fans of the Washington Redskins are well-accustomed to tight end Jordan Reed being unavailable due to various physical ailments.
But despite early optimism that he could (finally) return to the field healthy and ready to contribute in 2019, any such debut will have to wait — possibly for a good while.
On Saturday afternoon, ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted out that Reed was officially declared out for the team’s game against the Chicago Bears on Monday Night Football this upcoming Monday:
Washington ruled out TE Jordan Reed for Monday night’s game vs. Chicago.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 21, 2019
Even though Reed has yet to suit up for a regular season game in 2019, there was a brief glimmer of hope earlier this week that Reed might’ve played on Monday night, when he was actually spotted on the practice field on Wednesday. But when Reed couldn’t further such progress for a second consecutive day, such news felt rather inevitable — if not a precursor for something more concerning:
I don’t know when Jordan Reed will return. I do know it’s not good when he tries to practice and two weeks in a row his week ends early and he can’t play. Does not fit scenario of someone coming back soon. With concussions, just don’t know. No more speculation. Unpredictable.
— John Keim (@john_keim) September 21, 2019
Such fears were manifested in the report by JP Finlay of NBCSports Washington:
The Redskins ruled Jordan Reed out for Monday night’s game against Chicago and the star tight end could be “weeks” away, a source told NBC Sports Washington.
What “weeks away” really turns out being is anyone’s guess; as Keim stated in his tweet above, when you’re talking about a neurological condition like concussions — especially for a player who’s had a long history with concussions — there’s just no way to know when — or if? — that player will ever be healthy enough to play.
That latter part is the major concern when it comes to Reed. At this point, many Redskins fans would almost prefer to see him retire, if it came at the benefit of his long-term health. With all the links between football-related brain injuries and long-term CTE, what Reed is going through has to be frightening.