Injured Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed is hopeful he'll take the field against the defending Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football on Oct. 6. Reed injured his hamstring during a Week 1 game against the Houston Texans and hasn't seen action since.
Jordan Reed is hoping to be back in time for the Monday Night Football game against the Seattle Seahawks on Oct. 6.
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Reed injured his hamstring during the Week 1 game against the Houston Texans and hasn't seen action since, per an Oct. 2 update from Stephen Czarda of the Redskins' official website:
"Hoping to make his return to the lineup against the Seattle Seahawks on Monday night, Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has been practicing -- albeit in limited action -- for the first time since Week 1.
"In the season opener against the Houston Texans, Reed went down with a hamstring injury that has sidelined him for the Redskins' last three games.
"But, after testing out his hamstring in practice, Reed believes he's close to making his highly-anticipated appearance on game days.
"'I went out there (Tuesday) and ran some routes and tested it real quick,' he said. 'I didn't really go full speed. I wasn't game speed, so I couldn't really say if I was ready for a game yet.
"'Just got to keep going day-to-day. Definitely feel close.'
"During a stellar rookie season in 2013, the versatile Reed hauled his first career NFL touchdown, while also logging a touchdown in an incredible nine-catch, 134-yard performance in a victory over the Chicago Bears.
"While exploiting mismatches against opposing defenses, Reed could be a huge asset for the Redskins if he does indeed return against the Seahawks.
"With a talented backfield looking to apply serious pressure on the Redskins' wide receivers, Reed could possibly be the guy who can make a difference.
"In three games this season, opposing tight ends have hauled in more than 160 receiving yards against the Seahawks.
"With that in mind, Reed said it was good to get back to football activity after spending the last few weeks getting his hamstring ready for game action.
"'It felt great just to be out there,' he said. 'With my helmet and pads on doing some drills with the guys and be back out there again -- it felt good.'
"With a few more practices to go before Monday's crucial NFC matchup, Reed said the next few days will give him a good indication of where he is physically, as he wants to make sure he's fully prepared to be the playmaker he's known to be.
"'I'm just taking it one day at a time,' he said. 'I was just trying to do everything I can for it so I can be the best I can be.'"
The Washington Post's Mike Jones reported on Reed's limited capacity in practice on Sept. 30:
"Sidelined since his Week 1 hamstring strain, tight end Jordan Reed returned to practice Tuesday morning and said although it's still early, he hopes to play Monday night when the Redskins host the Seattle Seahawks. Teammates Trent Williams and Niles Paul also said they hope to play next Monday.
"Reed didn't practice at full speed, so he doesn't yet know how his hamstring will respond to a full workload. But he said he stuck with the plan that the team's trainers laid out for him. The Redskins didn't release an injury report on Tuesday because league rules do not require them to do so until Thursday, four days before their game on Monday.
"'We'll see how the week goes, and if any tweaks happen, then I'm obviously not going to be able to go,' Reed said. 'But if everything goes smoothly, I'll try to be out there.
"'The plan was to go out there but not go full speed on the first day,' he added. 'I'm going to be a little tentative at first until I'm really confident in it. We'll see how it goes later in the week.'
"Reed strained his hamstring during the first quarter of Washington's season opener at Houston. He hadn't played or even practiced since that time, working only with the team's trainers in a limited capacity until taking a step forward on Tuesday."
The 24-year-old Reed has caught for 503 yards and three touchdowns on 46 receptions in 10 career regular-season games through Oct. 3, per ESPN stats.
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