Green Bay Packers wide receiver Jayden Reed had quite the night on Sunday after he set a new rookie record for the franchise. However, an injury late in the game put quite the damper on an otherwise incredible performance from him.
Jayden Reed Sets New Records for Green Bay Packers
Reed entered the Week 18 game with 54 receptions, 592 yards and six catching touchdowns to his name. The Packers’ rookie record for most receptions in a season was 55, owned by Sterling Sharpe.
It didn’t take long for the 23-year-old wideout to surpass that feat, though. In the first half of the contest, Reed recorded six receptions for 89 yards and two touchdowns, per Robin Adams of Wisconsin Sports Heroics.
Making things even more amazing, his two scores actually allowed him to reach 10 total touchdowns on the season. He also has two rushing touchdowns heading to the contest. With that said, he became just the third Packers rookie ever to have 10 or more touchdowns on a season, according to Zach Kruse of The Packers Wire.
Green Bay’s rookie record for most touchdowns in a season is 13, which was set by Billy Howton in 1952.
Considering the way he was playing, Reed could have probably added more to his receptions and touchdowns in the second half. Unfortunately, he didn’t return in the game due to the bothersome chest injury he’s been dealing with for quite some time now.
Jayden Reed Injury With Green Bay Packers
There were some doubts that Jayden Reed would be able to play in the Week 17 game after missing Week 16 due to a chest and toe injury. Luckily for the team, he was given the greenlight to play and was able to make history in the process.
However, the delight was short-lived when he didn’t return due to the same chest injury that bothered him a week ago. The Green Bay Packers initially listed him as questionable to return, though the team opted to keep him out.
Many fans assumed that the Packers were simply taking a cautious approach when they decided to rule him out. After all, with Jordan Love and Co. dominating, there was no need to risk the health of their rookie receiver.
Nonetheless, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur clarified after the game that Reed was taken out for CT scans, so the reason he didn’t return was not because the game was a blowout, as Matt Schneidman of The Athletic explained.
For his part, Reed explained that he re-injured his chest while making a late fair catch. He also played down the extent of the issue, revealing that he was actually trying to return to Sunday’s game against the Vikings, via Ryan Wood of USA Today.
Considering the Reed already missed time because of the injury, the Packers might want to be extra cautious with his health. Though with the team fighting for their playoff dreams in Week 18, it’ll be hard to stop Reed from taking the field if he feels good enough.
For now, Reed’s status is one to monitor in the build-up to the regular-season finale.
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