Injury updates: Jordan Reed misses practice yet again

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Tight end Jordan Reed was again absent from the Washington Redskins’ practice on Thursday, though coach Mike Shanahan said the team has not yet made a decision as to whether Reed, bothered by lingering symptoms of a concussion, will be shut down for the rest of the year.

“We’re testing him day-by-day,” Shanahan said. “That would be a doctor’s decision. Right now, that has not been talked about – just evaluating him.”

Reed has not attended the portion of practice open to reporters the last two days and did not practice either day, according to the team’s injury report.

He has been held out of the Redskins’ last three games since sustaining a concussion in the second quarter of their road loss to the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 17.

Should Reed be unable to take part in at least a portion of practice on Friday, he will essentially be ruled out to play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

Shanahan said he’s been evaluated every day by the team’s medical staff as he’s been plagued by occasional headaches. Reed was diagnosed with a pair of concussions while in college and missed extended time, but never missed a game.

“I think that’s why they have this [concussion] process – to make sure somebody doesn’t come back too early, no matter what type of headache they do have,” Shanahan said. “But if they don’t pass the test, there’s reason for concern.”

The other four players listed on the Redskins’ injury report – left guard Kory Lichtensteiger (stinger), free safety Brandon Meriweather (bruised sternum), fullback Darrel Young (strained hamstring) and free safety Trenton Robinson (unspecified ankle injury) – all finished a full practice on Thursday.

The Falcons listed no changes on their injury report from a day earlier. Safety Thomas DeCoud (concussion) still did not practice, while tight end Tony Gonzalez (toe), outside linebacker Sean Witherspoon (shoulder) and wide receiver Roddy White (knee) all were limited.

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