Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed will miss the rest of the 2013 season due to lingering concussion symptoms, and was placed on injured reserve.
"He did see a specialist today in Pittsburgh and they recommended for him to stay away, or at least not practice for the next three weeks, so he'll go on IR," coach Mike Shanahan said after meeting with doctors to discuss Reed's prognosis.
Reed was injured against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 17 and has missed the last four games.
Reed ends his rookie year with 45 catches for 499 yards and three touchdowns while playing in nine games.
The Redskins also put in a claim on J.D. Walton, who was quarterback Robert Griffin III's center when the two were at Baylor together. Walton was waived by the Denver Broncos, ending a once-promising tenure that was sidetracked by a broken ankle suffered on Sept. 30, 2012. He has not played since. He had been on the Broncos' active roster until recent weeks.
"We liked him out of college. We liked the way he played in Denver for the first couple of years," Shanahan said. "That's a bonus because Robert knew him. He knows what type of character he has and what type of guy he is. You always look into somebody's background and Robert gave him the highest recommendation as a person. But we'll go back and take a look at the film and we liked what he saw, not only in college but at Denver as well."
Shanahan said the move was intended for the future, and Walton will not play during the final two games of the season.