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Redskins' Jordan Reed calls concussion a "fluke"

By on 6/02/2014 12:09:00 PM

Washington Redskins tight end Jordan Reed showed excellent potential as a rookie last season, with 45 receptions for 499 yards and three touchdowns in nine games played. But he battled a few nagging injuries through training camp and the early part of the season, and missed the final six games with a concussion. Despite now having suffered three concussions dating back to his college days at Florida, Reed called last season's injury a "fluke thing" that doesn't have him concerned about his well-being down the road.

Reed's injury derailed a budding rapport with quarterback Robert Griffin III, which reached it's peak in Week 7 and Week 8 when Reed totaled 17 receptions for 224 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. Now that offseason work is ramping up, with Reed and Griffin both at full strength, it's safe to expect the two to recapture and perhaps build on their chemistry from 2013.

Concussion issues have derailed more than one NFL career, and Reed's optimism can be expected at this point. The bigger concern, for the team in particular, is Reed's suggestion he wasn't completely honest about the symptoms he was experiencing after last year's concussion. Thankfully he never made it to game day after originally being injured, and hopefully Reed learned a lesson if he ever suffers another head injury.

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