Jay Gruden Optimistic About Jordan Reed’s Chances To Play

by Michael Drahota | Posted on Friday, October 10th, 2014 | 0

Jordan Reed

Oft-injured but talented Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been out of action since suffering a pulled hamstring in Week 1.

Reed returned to practice last week, but was unable to play in Washington’s Week 5 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night (October 6, 2014). The team could have used him, as backup tight end Niles Paul missed several blocks that put Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins under serious duress.

The second-year tight end has been limited in practice all week, but head coach Jay Gruden expressed enthusiasm about Reed’s situation to CSN Washington today:

“He’s done a pretty decent job, but he’s still not quite there yet. He’s making great progress. We’re all anxiously awaiting his return and hopefully it will be Sunday.

The most important thing is to make sure he feels good about his hamstring so he can really run. We don’t want a 50-percent Jordan Reed. We need a 100-percent Jordan Reed.”

Most reports would consider it a surprise if Reed did not play against the Cardinals on Sunday, but Gruden insists that they don’t want the potential star out on the field if he’s not fully healed up.

The first-year head coach knows what kind of a player Reed could be, yet if he’s not playing at his full capacity, that talent will never be realized. Anxious to get him back on the field, Gruden remains optimistic while still waiting on an official answer about Reed’s status:

“He’s heck of a tight end. He’s going to help us in all phases if he’s ready to go. We just got to cross our fingers and hope he’s ready to go.”

Washington definitely needs him, because with a paltry 1-4 record, the 2014 season is quickly spiraling out of control in the tough NFC East.

While he is expected to play, it’s looking like Reed’s availability will come down to a game time decision just before kickoff.

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