Matt Flanagan injury means 2 Redskins tight ends got hurt vs. Falcons
The Washington Redskins’ tight end room is suddenly shallow. After Jordan Reed’s probable concussion, backup Matt Flanagan hurt his hand and was listed as questionable to return against the Atlanta Falcons during Thursday night’s third preseason game.
Injury update: Matt Flanagan has a hand injury and is questionable to return.
— Washington Redskins (@Redskins) August 23, 2019
The 24-year-old Flanagan is entering his second year as a Washington tight end after going undrafted out of the University of Pittsburgh in 2018. As a rookie, he played in three games, catching one pass for 14 yards. He also showed an impressive ability to block.
Reed sustained the potential concussion after a helmet-to-helmet hit induced by Falcons safety Keanu Neal. If he is diagnosed with a concussion — which he likely will be considering the hit — it will mark his fourth in the NFL; far from a confidence-inspiring number.
Reed suffered a concussion in October of 2016, October of 2015, and November of 2013. At the University of Florida, Reed suffered three concussions. Reed has missed 31 of 96 regular-season games since 2013. Sports Injury Predictor flags the tight end at high risk of re-injury of 2019 with a 73% chance of doing so. The site expects Reed to miss 3.8 games in the upcoming season.