With his health in mind, Redskins fourth-year tight end Jordan Reed is being evaluated for a concussion after some symptoms appeared on Tuesday afternoon.
The Redskins are taking a "cautious approach" with tight end Jordan Reed, as he is currently being evaluted for a concussion after feeling some symptoms during the team's Tuesday afternoon walkthrough.
Reed will be evaluated until a determination about his health is made. The fourth-year veteran missed two games during his breakout 2015 season with a concussion. He also dealt with concussions during his rookie season in 2013 before being placed on Injured Reserve.
"I don't think in those terms and I'm not considering it a concussion until we get all the results right now," Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said, referring to past injuries. "You know, he just had some symptoms, it doesn't mean it is. We just want to make sure we take the right steps."
Just as he did last season when he hauled in 87 receptions for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns, Reed currently leads the Redskins in receiving this year.
His 33 receptions through five weeks of the season are tied for the most among tight ends in the NFL and he's second among players at the position in receiving yards (316).
During the Redskins' 31-20 Week 4 victory over the Cleveland Browns, Reed hauled in a pair of touchdowns passes while becoming the fastest tight end in NFL history to 200 receptions, surpassing Kellen Winslow Sr. to the mark.
"It feels amazing, because I look up to a player like Kellen Winslow," Reed said. "Just to know that I beat one of his records is a great feeling. I owe everything to god and I'm just really appreciate of god."
Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed on Wednesday was named to the NFL's 'Top 100 Players of 2016' list, checking in at No. 77.
If Reed is unable to play this week, the Redskins will have to rely on Niles Paul and Vernon Davis at the tight end position while looking to help from wide receivers DeSean Jackson, Pierre Garçon and Jamison Crowder among others.
Davis – in his first season with the Redskins – currently has 10 receptions for 94 yards on the season while Paul has been used at fullback along with being the No. 3 tight end.
But Reed is such a "big addition" to the Redskins' offense.
"He's done some great things early in the season already so far for us," Jackson said. "Hopefully it's not too serious. Hopefully it's just protocol and hopefully we'll have him for Sunday because we definitely need him and he's definitely a big part of what we do. Hopefully he'll be alright and ready to go."
Whenever Reed is out on the field, he provides quarterback Kirk Cousins a consistent option to target, as the two have built a strong rapport over the years.
"We love to have our best players out on the field with us," Cousins said. "But like I said, you understand that it's a part of playing in this league that injuries are going to happen. Guys are going to be in-and-out and it gives a great opportunity for other players to step up. As we've said all along, we have several talented players who can help fill that gap."