Nor­man and Reed cleared to travel to Lon­don

Star CB and TE both deal­ing with con­cus­sion is­sues

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ASH­BURN, VA. ( AP) — Wash­ing­ton Red­skins cor­ner­back Josh Nor­man and tight end Jor­dan Reed were cleared to fly with the team to Lon­don for its game against the Cincin­nati Ben­gals af­ter deal­ing with con­cus­sions.

Red­skins coach Jay Gru­den said Thurs­day it still had not been de­ter­mined whether ei­ther Nor­man or Reed — two of Wash­ing­ton’s most vi­tal play­ers — would be able to play on Sun­day.

The team was to make the trip later Thurs­day and prac­tice in Lon­don for the first time on Fri­day.

Nor­man was hurt when he hit his hel­met on the turf dur­ing Wash­ing­ton’s 20- 17 loss at De­troit on Sun­day. He said he thinks he briefly lost con­scious­ness.

But af­ter feel­ing well on Mon­day and Tues­day, Nor­man said, on Wed­nes­day he “had a lit­tle set­back, but that’s nor­mal, they say.” On Thurs­day, he said, he felt “ab­so­lutely great.”

The Red­skins are hop­ing he can play so he can cover Ben­gals star wide­out A. J. Green, a player Nor­man called “a phe­nom­e­nal re­ceiver, best of the best.”

Reed has missed the past two games af­ter get­ting a con­cus­sion against Bal­ti­more on Oct. 9.

Gru­den said the Red­skins ( 4- 3) would need to mon­i­tor those two play­ers af­ter ar­riv­ing in Bri­tain to make sure they are OK to play against the Ben­gals ( 3- 4).

“At night, we’ll see how they do in meet­ings. We’ll see how they do in prac­tice to­mor­row,” Gru­den said. “We’re just in­creas­ing their ac­tiv­ity and see how they take it.”

Both Nor­man and Reed prac­ticed Thurs­day.

“I’m not go­ing to guess on those two guys” and their avail­abil­ity on Sun­day, Gru­den said. “I try to say it a lot, but there is no way of know­ing. To­mor­row could be to­tally dif­fer­ent. They could feel to­tally dif­fer­ent than they do today. We just don’t know, but signs are look­ing bet­ter.”

Also prac­tic­ing Thurs­day was left tackle Trent Wil­liams, who hurt his left knee against De­troit but said he would be ready to go Sun­day.

Run­ning back Matt Jones, though, missed a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive day of prac­tice be­cause of what Gru­den said was an in­jured knee. Gru­den has said rookie Robert Kelley would start if Jones — who fum­bled into the end zone against De­troit — does not.

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Red­skins tight end Jor­dan Reed (86) has missed the past two games af­ter get­ting a con­cus­sion against Bal­ti­more on Oct. 9.

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