After sitting out the last few practices with a sore hamstring, Redskins tight end Jordan Reed said he hopes to be able to play Thursday vs. the Lions.*
After not seeing action in the 2015 preseason opener against the Cleveland Browns due to tightness in his hamstring, tight end Jordan Reed is hoping to be able to make his preseason debut Thursday against the Detroit Lions.
The third-year Florida product said he's "just being cautious" by not practicing.
Head coach Jay Gruden admitted it's "a little bit of a concern" that Reed, who has missed parts of his first two seasons with nagging injuries, is sidelined once again.
"We are hoping that with the strength program that he's gone through in the offseason… He has done a good job of getting his body bigger and in better shape," Gruden said. "He just had a little unfortunate twinge but I think he'll be OK. He is going to get the rehab and get that thing right."
Gruden remains optimistic about Reed, though, even with his struggles staying on the field.
"Just because a guy has a couple injuries early in his career doesn't mean they are going to happen all the time," Gruden said. "We hope it's just an occasional thing and it won't happen much. We are going to rely heavily on Jordan obviously and whoever else can step up into that role with him."
The Redskins need Reed healthy and active this season after both Niles Paul (ankle) and Logan Paulsen (toe) were placed on Injured Reserve following season-ending injuries.
Currently Behind Reed on the depth chart are Je'Ron Hamm, Chase Dixon, Devin Mahina, Ernst Brun and D.J. Williams.
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Of the group outside of Reed, only Williams has recorded NFL regular season action, and his last reception came in 2012.
Even though they don't necessarily have the experience, Reed believes the younger tight ends can still help.
"I think its good, man, more guys to help us out," Reed said. "Coach wants fillers and coach is going to get all of us ready, going, and ready for the season."
In 20 career games, the 6-foot-3, 237 pound Reed has recorded 95 receptions for 964 yards and three touchdowns.
As he looks to progress entering a pivotal third season with the Redskins, Reed knows it''s important to get back on the field soon.
"I just need to focus on maintenance of my body," he said. "I won't let nagging injuries catch up to me. I've made some changes, and I'll be ready."