By Jerry Moss
Redskins tight end Jordan Reed was cleared from the concussion protocol, ESPN is reporting, clearing the way for his eventual release.
Reed suffered the concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit in August, during the third preseason game.
Redskins coach Ron Rivera had said on Saturday that Reed remained in the protocol.
Multiple sources said Reed will soon be released. Once he is, Washington will save $8.5 million against the salary cap, with $1.8 million in dead money. Reed has two years left on his contract.
Reed, 29, missed all of last season because of the concussion, his seventh documented one since he started playing college football. His career has been marked by multiple injuries; Reed has never played more than 14 games in a season. A source close to Reed said the tight end wants to continue playing.