Jordan Reed has been one of the more talented tight ends in the NFL since entering the league in 2013, and only injuries have held him back.
Now it appears a history of concussions could prematurely end his career.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that the Washington Redskins are concerned their 29-year-old tight end might not return after suffering a series of concussions.
Reed appeared ready for a big season as Washington needed to replace Jamison Crowder’s and Josh Doctson's targets from last season, but he suffered a concussion in the team's third preseason game on a vicious hit that knocked off his helmet. Reed has not played yet this season and is already ruled out for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears.
Reed has sustained a series of concussions throughout his career, but there’s no official count on how many he’s had. However, teams and players are more concerned than ever with players’ long-term health — just look at Andrew Luck’s early retirement — and fear that Reed could be putting himself in danger.
Injuries have been the story of Reed’s career
Through nine NFL seasons, Reed has yet to play a full slate of games. In fact, he's reached 14 games only once, during a breakout 2015 season.
Reed racked up 952 yards on 87 receptions in 2015 and followed that up with his only Pro Bowl season, when he hauled in 66 passes for 686 yards.
To that point, Reed has been very effective when healthy. Among tight ends with at least 60 games played since 2013, he ranks sixth with 51.9 receiving yards per game and fourth with a 73.8 percent catch rate. It’s been the staying healthy part that’s been an issue.
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