Jordan Reed’s Redskins’ career has gotten off to a bit of slow start because of a lingering left leg injury.
But there are signs that the tight end is on the path to recovery. Although he still has not participated in practice – he’s been sidelined since getting selected in the third round of April’s draft – Reed joined Robert Griffin III and Chris Thompson for some spirited sideline-to-sideline sprints during Thursday’s rehab session.
“It’s going good,” Reed said afterward. Head athletic trainer Larry Hess “has been helping me out a lot. I’m getting stronger, getting my muscle back. That’s all I really need to do: get my muscle back and I’ll be all set.”
Reed said he expects to be cleared to join his healthy teammates in three weeks, which means he will have missed rookie camp, OTAs and minicamp but he should be good to go for the start of training camp on July 25.
Reed also provided a little clarity about his injury. If you recall, he described the injury as a bone bruise to his knee. Coach Mike Shanahan, meantime, called it a quadriceps ailment.
Well, they’re both right.
“I had a [thigh] contusion in college and that caused my quad to shutdown and stop working, which caused my kneecap to start moving around and banging into my bone, and that caused a bone bruise,” Reed explained. “As long as I get that quad back firing right, my kneecap will stay in place and I’ll be normal again.”
Reed has already missed a lot of practice time, and he’ll miss a little more before he’s cleared. But, fortunately for him, he’s been rehabbing alongside fellow tight end Fred Davis (achilles surgery) and has used the opportunity to learn as much as possible from the veteran.
“He’s a great player,” Reed said of Davis, who is also expected to return in training camp. “He’s a good dude. He’s been helping me out a whole bunch. He’s teaching me the plays and certain techniques he uses for certain defenses and in certain situations. So he’s helping me out a lot.”
Reed said it’s also been helpful to rehab with RG3, who has been throwing almost exclusively to Reed, Davis and Pierre Garçon for the past several weeks.
“He’s just a humble guy,” Reed said of Griffin. “He’s got all the talent in the world and he’s still humble. It’s crazy; you wouldn’t expect that from star like he is. He’s a great guy, a great athlete and just an overall good dude.”