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Redskins hopeful Jordan Reed will play Sunday

ASHBURN, Va. -- The Washington Redskins saw enough from tight end Jordan Reed in practice Friday to be optimistic about his availability for Sunday's game against St. Louis.

Reed tweaked a quad muscle near the end of practice Thursday and was limited again Friday. However, during the portion of practice open to the media, Reed was running routes and catching passes without any issues. On one route, he planted hard to the inside and cut back to the corner of the end zone to haul in a pass (against no defense).

"He did some good things today, so we have reason for hope," Redskins coach Jay Gruden said.

Reed is an important part of the Redskins' game plan because of his ability to catch the ball and make plays. Also, the Redskins will need help from the tight ends as blockers against the Rams, though Reed can be inconsistent in this area. They can increase the reps for Derek Carrier and use Anthony McCoy, who was signed last week. But neither player can duplicate Reed's ability in the passing game. They can split him wide and create mismatches, for example.

Others on the Redskins' injury list:

CB Justin Rogers: He'll miss Sunday with plantar fasciitis.

LB Martrell Spaight: He'll also miss Sunday with a concussion.

OT Tom Compton: He's questionable with a calf injury. If he can play, he'd help with the blocking at tight end.

NT Terrance Knighton: He, too, is questionable because of sore ribs. But he said Wednesday that he'll play Sunday and said the team was just being cautious.