Despite missing all of camp thus far with a nagging toe injury (Reed is still on the Redskins' physically unable to perform list), the star pass catcher has zero doubt that he'll be ready for the regular-season opener against Philadelphia.
As Redskins beat writer John Keim wisely noted in his story, an injury like this one is fertile ground for other injuries. Reed said the awkwardness of working around his injured toe this summer caused an ankle sprain. Until the toe is sturdy, there's no reason for Reed to increase his workload.
While Reed posted 66 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns last year while dealing with the issue, his 2015 season (952 receiving yards and 11 touchdowns) is a more accurate picture of what he's capable of in Jay Gruden's offense. Facing a season where the team lost two of its top playmakers in free agency (DeSean Jackson and Pierre Garcon) they cannot afford to have their best remaining one sidelined off and on.
The good thing about NFL training staffs is they are not as reverential to playing Week 1 than fans. The true goal is to maximize Reed's healthy on-field playing time this year and if that means losing a game to start the season, so be it. Gruden's quote on the matter was more reflective of Reed's reality.
"From every indication I've received from the doctors and trainers and from Jordan, I feel he'll be ready for the season," Gruden said. "But you never know, so we'll still have to wait and see. Things are odd from time to time, but I have total faith that he'll be ready."
Things are indeed odd, and need to be taken into account when creating a timetable for return.
Here are some other injuries we've been tracking on this Sunday in the middle of training camps:
- Keeping things in Washington, wide receiver Josh Doctson is being evaluated for a hamstring injury, according to the team. Offensive tackle Trent Williams rested with a mild abdominal bruise.
- Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (shoulder) did some light throwing on the sideline during practice. Newton hasn't thrown in drills since the opening days of camp.
"We just pulled off him a little, he's got a sore heel," Reid explained of Berry, via the team's official site. "I think we're going to be OK. It gets inflamed every once in a while, and you just back off."
"[Derrick Johnson] -- he had three good solid days (of practice)," Reid added. "We're monitoring him with the Achilles, but he's good."
- Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery returned to practice after dealing a shoulder issue last week. Linebacker Mychal Kendricks (quad) and running back Donnel Pumphrey (hamstring) also were back at practice.