By Harvey Hoffman
Redskins defensive lineman Jonathan Allen and tight end Jordan Reed missed practice yesterday.
Allen, who left Washington’s Week 1 loss to the Eagles with a sprained knee in the first half, returned to the practice field Wednesday with his knee wrapped in a large brace.
Redskins coach Jay Gruden told reporters he thought Allen could use an extra day of rest coming off a “significant injury.”
“No setback,” he said. “We thought it was better for him to stay in today, rest it and see how it is tomorrow.”
Gruden said Allen’s rest day didn’t have anything to do with the Redskins having an extra day before playing this week, as they’re slated to host Chicago on Monday night.
“No. He had a significant injury, now,” said Gruden. “We’re making sure he’s gonna be okay before he starts individual drills in practice. We thought today, another day of rest for him would be better suited for him than going out and practicing.”
Allen does not appear to be ruled out for Monday’s game just yet. “It’s important that we get him back and hopefully we will this week,” said defensive coordinator Greg Manusky.
Reed suffered a concussion during the Redskins’ third preseason game and has remained in concussion protocol ever since.
While it’s unclear where Reed is in the concussion protocol, it is clear Gruden is tired of discussing it.
“This is all part of the process of recovering from this ordeal,” he said of Reed missing Thursday’s practice. “We’re just taking it very slowly, making sure he goes through the right process to make sure it’s right before he goes back on the field.