Reed Clears the Injury Air

Tackle Jared Gaither fully practiced Wednesday after missing the past three games.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ravens safety Ed Reed disputed a report in the media from last Sunday’s matchup with the Pittsburgh Steelers that he and head coach John Harbaugh disagreed about whether Reed should play because of a groin injury.

“Me and coach didn’t have any [disagreement] at all,” Reed said on Wednesday before practice. “Honestly, he asked me what I think, I told him I could probably give him about 15 plays. That’s not my type of play. We made a decision that I would not play because we need the roster spot to give somebody a break on special teams. I was never in the game at all.”

Harbaugh confirmed as much on Monday.

“Ed and I had a conversation,” Harbaugh explained in his weekly press conference.  “He tried to go. He didn’t feel like he could go, and I didn’t feel like he could go based on what he said about the workout he had. So no, that’s not true.”

Whether Reed will play this weekend against the Oakland Raiders is another issue the Ravens are monitoring.

Reed said he will be a game-time decision, but did not participate in Wednesday’s practice.  Instead, he watched from the sideline in a jersey during the portion that was open to the media.

“It’s hard to make a decision like that when you haven’t practiced and you don’t know exactly what you’re going to get,” Reed said.  “It’s tougher with a groin.”

Also not practicing was wideout Derrick Mason (knee), defensive end Trevor Pryce (illness) and linebacker Terrell Suggs (thigh). Offensive tackle Oniel Cousins (knee) and linebacker Tavares Gooden (groin) were limited.

The Ravens did have a bit of good news with the return of left tackle Jared Gaither (foot), who had missed the last three contests, forcing rookie Michael Oher to switch from right to left tackle and bringing Cousins in on the right side.  Gaither fully practiced, as did linebacker Jarret Johnson and cornerback Cary Williams (thigh).

See the full injury report.

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