Jordan Reed doesn’t need surgery, but isn’t sure he can play

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The good news for Washington tight end Jordan Reed is that he doesn’t need surgery. That doesn’t mean his separated shoulder feels great, or that he’ll be able to play this week against the Cardinals.

It’s probably about 30 percent range of motion right now,” Reed said, via J.P. Finlay of CSNMidAtlantic.com. “I don’t throw the ball, so I don’t need surgery.”

Reed was able to finish — impressively — after injuring his shoulder last week against Dallas. Coach Jay Gruden referred to it as a Grade 3 AC Joint injury, but Reed said there was no danger of making it worse last week by playing.

“If I’m able to do it I’m going to play,” he said. “It’s day by day right now, I’m still trying to figure that out.”

Reed hasn’t always been a picture of durability, and he said part of the reason he came back last week and hopes to stay on the field is out of obligation to his teammates.

“They trust me to be available in certain situations,” Reed said. “I wanted to be out there. . . .

“It was definitely uncomfortable to reach over my head. It’s pretty painful right now.”

To what degree he’s able to manage that pain and block it out will determine how much time he misses, if any.