Jordan Reed’s Redskins’ career has gotten off to a bit of slow start because of a lingering left leg injury.

But there are signs that the tight end is on the path to recovery. Although he still has not participated in practice – he’s been sidelined since getting selected in the third round of April’s draft – Reed joined Robert Griffin III and Chris Thompson for some spirited sideline-to-sideline sprints during Thursday’s rehab session.

“It’s going good,” Reed said afterward. Head athletic trainer Larry Hess “has been helping me out a lot. I’m getting stronger, getting my muscle back. That’s all I really need to do: get my muscle back and I’ll be all set.”

Reed said he expects to be cleared to join his healthy teammates in three weeks, which means he will have missed rookie camp, OTAs and minicamp but he should be good to go for the start of training camp on July 25.

Reed also provided a little clarity about his injury. If you recall, he described the injury as a bone bruise to his knee. Coach Mike Shanahan, meantime, called it a quadriceps ailment.

Well, they’re both right.