Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed has emerged as one of the most impressive rookies in this year’s class, and he’s also emerged as a very good No. 2 option in the passing game for the Redskins. But they will have to win a difficult Monday night battle against the San Francisco 49ers without Reed, as ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Reed will not play against the 49ers due to a concussion.
Reed suffered the injury last week against the Philadelphia Eagles, and he was never expected to be ready to play on Monday. The Florida Gators product has yet to be cleared by the team and was stuck in need of clearance per the league’s mandatory concussion protocol. Without Reed, the Redskins will need to bring Fred Davis back as the starter and get creative with using their pass-catchers. Wide receiver Leonard Hankerson already hit the injured reserve earlier this week, so the Redskins have some issues with the amount of weapons surrounding Robert Griffin III in the passing game. At least Pierre Garcon isn’t hurt, and hopefully veteran wideout Josh Morgan can do a solid job as the No. 2 receiver.
So far this season, Jordan Reed has been responsible for 45 receptions, 499 receiving yards, and three touchdowns, and he has quickly asserted himself as one of the more talented receiving tight ends in the league. He’s also a versatile tight end, but the fact that he’s been ruled out this week due to a concussion doesn’t come as a surprise. Expect him to be back in Week 13 for a rivalry game against the New York Giants, as they look to spoil a rival’s playoff hopes.