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Matt Flanagan injury means 2 Redskins tight ends got hurt vs. Falcons

Matt Flanagan, Redskins

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.

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.

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Flanagan, on the other hand, didn’t suffer as serious of an injury as Reed. The tight end was listed as questionable, signifying that he will likely be back for the rest of the preseason.
If Flanagan isn’t, and Reid did, in fact, suffer a concussion, the Redskins’ tight end depth chart will be thin. Currently, Vernon Davis, Jeremy Sprinkle, J.P. Holtz, and Donald Parham are the healthy tight ends listed on the 90-man roster.