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Late For Work 11/10: Is Something Wrong with Ed Reed?

Plus whether Webb is going to start, the Browns’ QB, the Steelers win and free agent misses.

Posted by Sarah Ellison on Tuesday, November 10th, 2009 at 9:07 am | Categories: Late For Work, Sarah Ellison

Is Something Wrong With Ed Reed?

“During the offseason, the Ravens and Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed have to make some decisions,” said Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston. “It’s apparent that Reed is bothered by a neck, shoulder or arm injury. He missed at least four tackles Sunday against the Bengals.”

“There might be some type of surgery needed to correct the problem, but the Ravens can’t keep playing with a one-armed free safety. You feel sorry for Reed because he has always played so hard for so long.”

Something wrong with his neck, shoulder or arm? That is a broad statement, so I’m not sure how substantial the assertion is. However, Reed’s missed tackles were so uncharacteristic of the Pro Bowler that the question is only natural. Head coach John Harbaugh gave a clear answer in his Monday afternoon press conference.

“I think he’s tackled very well this year, up until this game. Obviously, the hit against Denver [Bronco's Knowshon Moreno to force a fumble] was as good a tackle as you’re ever going to see. From my understanding, the neck is as good as it’s been in two years, but I think it’s a factor. But it’s not a dangerous type thing where he’s at risk, or he wouldn’t be playing.”

Harbaugh is typically elusive with injury questions, but he was pretty straightforward yesterday.

Reed remains a playmaker on defense. He has forced fumbles in three of the past four games and returned an interception for a touchdown.

Speaking of Harbaugh being elusive…Coach, what about Webb starting at CB?

Harbaugh didn’t say he would start Lardarius Webb at cornerback, but he didn’t shoot it down, either.

“There’s always a consideration for anybody that’s playing well to be one of the best 11,” Harbaugh said. “You ask about his role every week because every week you see him play well. So, we’ll see how it works this week. That’s not to say anything negative about Fabian or Domonique or any other corners because I thought they played pretty well, too.”

Which quarterback will the Ravens “D” face next week: Anderson or Quinn?

Browns head coach Eric Mangini said he will wait until Wednesday to name Brady Quinn or Derek Anderson the starter for Monday night’s match up.
 
“Reading between the lines, it appears another quarterback change is brewing in Cleveland,” said ESPN’s James Walker.

“In previous weeks, Mangini remained firm that Anderson was still Cleveland’s starting quarterback. This week he’s coy. These are all clues to expect a quarterback switch to Quinn later in the week.”

Steelers topped the Broncos for 5th straight win.

After Pittsburgh’s 28-10 win over the Denver Broncos last night, FoxSport’s Alex Marvez believes the Steelers are regaining their Super Bowl swagger.

“Pittsburgh faded from talk about the NFL’s elite teams,” Marvez said. “The manner in which the Steelers dispatched Denver puts Pittsburgh back in the conversation with high-flying clubs like Indianapolis (8-0), New Orleans (8-0) and Minnesota (7-1).”

Great. Just what the Ravens need right now.

How have 4-4 teams faired historically?

Jamison Hensley of the Baltimore Sun did his research and came up with some interesting historical facts about 4-4 teams.

“Since 2000, 22 teams have started 4-4 like the Ravens and reached the playoffs, including three each in the past three seasons,” Hensley said.

Ozzie’s Free-agent misses

“This hasn’t been a banner year for Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and free agents,” said Mike Preston.

“He hit the bull’s-eye with center Matt Birk, and Washington has been a solid addition as the third wide receiver, but Newsome has struck out big time with cornerbacks Domonique Foxworth and Chris Carr.

“And now he is paying for the Mother of All Sins: allowing kicker Matt Stover to leave and hit the free-agent market.”

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