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Jordan Reed cleared from NFL concussion protocol, plans to continue playing football

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Good luck Jordan!

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Good news today for the Redskins and TE Jordan Reed who has reportedly been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol. Washington is expected to move on from the oft-injured tight end who missed last season after a dirty hit from Falcons safety Keanu Neal in the preseason. This was Reed’s 7th known concussion during his football career, and the worst one to date.

Many people expected Reed to call it quits after last year’s injury due to the long-term concerns for his health. But he doesn’t plan to retire, and has shown defiance about the effects of the growing number of concussions he has suffered over the years. The Redskins plan to move on from Reed(saving $8.5 million this year), but he doesn’t plan to move on from football yet.

However, according to sources, Reed is excited and “pumped up” to continue his playing career as he anticipates finding a new home after spending his entire career in Washington.

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When reports came out about Reed still being in the concussion protocol two days ago, we learned that there were financial benefits for him to not be cleared. He would have been entitled to $1.2 million if he wasn’t cleared to play in 2020. He could have also been entitled to another $600k in 2021 if the concussion ended his career. But Reed plans to continue playing and earning money for his family. This is a scary risk for a player who continues to take hits that take longer to recover from, but it’s his decision and any team that considers signing him would have to take into account.

The Redskins will continue their search to fill the tight end position after the move on from Reed’s eventual release, Vernon Davis’ retirement, and Greg Olsen’s free agency rejection. The NFL Scouting Combine starts Sunday, free agency starts on March 18th, and the NFL draft begins April 25th. It’s time for Kyle Smith, Alex Santos, and the scouts to earn their paychecks.