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Redskins’ Jordan Reed finally cleared from concussion protocol

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed missed the entirety of the 2019 season after suffering his seventh concussion during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons.

On Wednesday, Reed was finally cleared from the NFL’s concussion protocol program, per Ben Standig of The Athletic. Standig also reported the Redskins figure to cut Reed, though he is hopeful to continue his playing career:

Reed suffered a reported seventh concussion of his football career last August during a preseason game in Atlanta, but was cleared Wednesday from the league’s concussion protocol program, sources tell The Athletic.

Though the latest concussion kept him sidelined throughout the 2019 season, sources close to Reed tell The Athletic that while he expects his release by Washington in the coming days, he intends on playing elsewhere in the NFL during the 2020 season.

Washington would save $8.5 million against the salary cap if they release Reed by June 1. He will count $10.3 million toward the cap if he stays. Two years remain on his five-year, $46.75 million contract extension.

The Redskins will not save a ton of cap should they release Reed. But given his injury history, it seems like the most prudent decision.

Reed has never played more than 14 games since his breakout 2015 campaign when he caught 87 passes for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns. Reed made the Pro Bowl in 2016, but he also missed four games due to injury.

After playing just six games in 2017, Reed rebounded to play in 13 games in 2018. But he was a shell of his former self, catching 54 passes for 558 yards and just two touchdowns.

Reed still has tremendous and size at the tight end position, but any teams inquiring about his services will certainly be wary about the injury history.