Gators in NFL: Reed’s injury status a big question for Redskins

Special to RICHMOND, Va. — Jay Gruden welcomed everyone back to training camp, cracked jokes and was just a little vague about who might join injured safety DeAngelo Hall on the Washington Redskins’ injured list.

“Probably a couple more,” Gruden said.

One of those “couple more” is tight end Jordan Reed (University of Florida), a surprise inclusion on the physically unable to perform list with a toe injury.

A team spokesman said Wednesday that Reed was dealing with significant toe soreness and is undergoing further evaluation before being cleared to play as the Redskins hope to avoid any long-term issues.

Reed’s status is suddenly one of the biggest questions at Redskins camp, where Gruden is assuming the play-calling and Kirk Cousins is going into his second consecutive season on the franchise tag.

As Cousins’ most reliable target, Reed finished third on the team with 66 catches last season despite missing four games with a concussion and a shoulder injury. The 27-year-old skipped voluntary offseason workouts after a 686-yard, six-touchdown season but looked good during minicamp practices.

On the field in June, Gruden exclaimed after a catch by Reed: “Welcome back, 86! Good to have you back, man.” Cousins ran down the field yelling: “He’s back! He’s back! Woo hoo!”

Reed is on the shelf for now, but unlike the PUP list at the start of the season that forces a player to miss the first six games, he could be activated at any time.

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