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Jordan Reed has two fewer bones and a whole lot of peace of mind.

Toe soreness in offseason workouts more than a year ago became lingering pain that threw off everything for the Washington Redskins tight end. Overcompensation led to a hamstring injury that kept Reed off the field Cheap Derrius Guice Jersey , and he never felt like himself even when he was able to play.

So Reed went under the knife twice to have a sesamoid bone in each big toe removed. Reed now feels ”100 times better” and hopes his toe injuries are a thing of the past so he can get back to his form of 2015, when he had 87 catches for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns.

”It’s definitely a relief,” Reed said Friday. ”Just having that nagging pain for two years was awful and now it’s gone, so it’s just a lot better.”

Reed said toe fractures gave him little choice but to have the surgeries, one on his left foot in December and the other on the right in February. They’ve so far worked out far better than his decision to get a stem-cell injection in the summer of 2017 that aggravated his toe problem so much he couldn’t walk.

That self-described ”poor decision” completely derailed Reed’s season, limiting him to 27 catches in six games. He tried orthotics in his shoes to ease the pain, but nothing worked, leading to an operation that’s more common for dancers and exceedingly rare for the general public.

”That’s usually kind of like the last stop on the train,” said Mark Drakos Carlton Davis Youth Jersey , a foot and ankle surgeon at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. ”They’re very little bones. They’re about the size of like a Peanut M&M, so they’re very, very small. Most bones, if they break or they don’t heal, we’ll go in and fix them with plates and screws of if you break your ankle, we put it back together. These are so small that a lot of times we just take it out because it’s quicker. It’s a quicker recovery.”

Reed is well past the usual eight-to-12-week recovery period and has looked sharp in individual and team drills early in camp. Just having him on the field again is a plus for the Redskins, who need the 28-year-old to create matchup problems for opposing defenses.

”He is a unique guy at the tight end position that can do so many things: route-running with the ball in his hands after the catch,” new quarterback Alex Smith said. ”He is oftentimes the guy that it doesn’t really matter who’s lined up against him – linebacker, safety Mike Hughes Jersey , corner. He is a guy that I think has the skill set to win against all these positions.”

Coach Jay Gruden, who early in camp a year ago didn’t think Reed’s toe injury would be a long-term concern, is hopeful now because, as he put it, ”I have to be.”

”I think he’s one of the top tight ends in the National Football League when healthy,” Gruden said. ”Last year, he tried to fight through a couple of those injuries in the offseason. He got them fixed, so hopefully we’ll put an end to all those foot and toe injury things and ankle. Jordan, he feels great right now Billy Price Jersey , very optimistic about the way his body feels and now it’s our job to make sure we just progress him along at a good rate.”

Gruden hopes to get Reed into a preseason game or two and have him 100 percent for the season opener against Arizona. On a team with a handful of players working back from injuries, Reed is taking a conservative approach as he balances restraint with the excitement of what he could do when finally healthy again.

”Still working through that with the coaches and taking it slow,” he said. ”I’m just getting my body built back up. … I’m confident moving forward.”

NOTES: Second-year LB Ryan Anderson left practice with back spasms and he’s considered day-to-day. A team spokesman said RB Rob Kelley’s departure was heat-related. … LB Zach Brown was a limited participant in team drills a day after straining the quadriceps muscle in his left thigh. … The team’s afternoon walkthrough was cut short by lightning. Unlike their regular practice facility in Ashburn, Virginia, outside Washington, the Redskins do not have an indoor bubble at their Richmond site.

The Green Bay Packers and quarterback Aaron Rodgers are getting closer to a contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.Rapoport said that the two sides have made "measurable progress," and that there is some optimism that a new contract could get done before the 2018 season begins in September.From Inside Training Camp: Over the last few days, there has been measurable progress for a contract extension for #Packers QB Aaron Rodgers.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) August 1 Cheap Donte Jackson Jersey , 2018The two-time NFL MVP and Super Bowl 45 champion has two years left on his current contract. Since Rodgers signed a five-year, $110 million extension in 2013, the contracts for starting quarterbacks have only skyrocketed ever since. For example, the San Francisco 49ers gave Jimmy Garoppolo a five-year, $137.5 million contract, even though he's made just seven career starts.It's worth noting that Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk reported two weeks ago that Rodgers and the Packers hadn't made any "meaningful progress." But the idea of Rodgers leaving the team that made him a legend always seemed unimaginable, and now it looks like an extension will be reached.When he's healthy, there is no quarterback as good as Rodgers. The Packers made the postseason every year under Rodgers from 2009-16, which included one Super Bowl championship and a total of three NFC title game appearances. Rodgers and the Packers looked primed for another playoff run in 2017 Braden Smith Youth Jersey , but he suffered a fractured collarbone injury mid-season, and Green Bay slumped to a 7-9 finish. His value to the team cannot be underestimated, and the Packers would be crazy to not give into his contract demands.Green Bay tried to bolster their Super Bowl chances in the offseason by signing Pro Bowl tight end Jimmy Graham and defensive lineman, Muhammad Wilkerson. If Rodgers can stay healthy, Green Bay will have a legitimate shot at winning Super Bowl 53.Giving Rodgers the long-term extension he's worthy of would only motivate No. 12 even more in getting that second Super Bowl championship..

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