OPEN THREAD: Should Redskins shut down Jordan Reed?

OPEN THREAD: Should Redskins shut down Jordan Reed?
December 5, 2013, 6:00 am

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Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (86) against the Minnesota Vikings at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. The Vikings defeated the Redskins 34-27.

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Jordan Reed emerged this season as a talented tight end and a valuable weapon in the Redskins passing attack. For a five week stretch in the middle of the season, the rookie from Florida hauled in multiple catches and appeared a constant threat for Washington on third downs and in the red zone. 

But in Week 11, Reed suffered a concussion against the Philadelphia Eagles and has not been back on the field. Few were surprised when Reed missed Week 12 against San Francisco, but Reed's absence in Week 13 against the Giants raised some eyebrows after the tight end was expected to play but suffered a setback prior to kickoff.

In college at Florida, Reed suffered two concussions, and now he is undergoing NFL protocol before he can return. Considering the history of head injuries sustained by Reed, and the impetus the league has established in clearing a player from a concussion, should the Redskins consider shutting down Reed for the remainder of the season?

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Reed is a valuable player for the Skins, and looks like the future of the franchise at that position. With the season already lost -- no playoff hopes -- does Reed need additional snaps in the final four games? Or does the rookie need to gain more experience to be ready for next season?

Reed has made clear he wants to get back on the field, but should the team bring him back? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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