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Reed Says He’s 35 Percent

Safety Ed Reed told Sirius Radio he’s not sure he’ll be ready at season’s start.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, June 25th, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Ravens safety Ed Reed gave the first indication of when he will be ready to return to the field Friday, but it’s not good news for Baltimore.

According to The Baltimore Sun, Reed told SIRIUS XM Radio that he’s currently 35 percent healthy and doesn’t know if he’ll be ready to play when the season begins.

The Pro Bowl safety, who had a hip procedure after the draft, said he had reconstructive surgery.

“Well, it’s a four-to-six month process to getting yourself back to 100 percent, to get yourself in shape to start working out for a season,” Reed said. “It’s a year-long process of getting back to 100 percent.”

That means if Reed had the surgery in late April he could be healthy enough to play by late August at the earliest. But if it takes six months, and if Reed needs additional time to get in game shape, Reed could miss significant time.

Reed called his rehab a “long, slow process.” The year-long process is likely to get in the kind of condition he was in prior to the injury altogether.

“I want to be ready for the first game but I don’t know how soon that would happen, how soon I would be back,” Reed said. “You know, we’re gonna continue to do the things to try and get back and at least play this year for the fans, man, cause they’ve been hounding me, man.”

“They’ve been asking me, ‘Are you gonna play? Are you coming back? I would love to see you play at least one more year.’ So hopefully we got at least one more in us.”

At least Reed says he wants to be ready, which is also the first time since the 2009 season ended that he has spoken out about wanting to come back for 2010 instead of retiring.

By signing free agent safety Ken Hamlin, the Ravens already took steps to protect themselves in case Reed cannot return for their Sept. 13 opener against the New York Jets. Hamlin will compete with Tom Zbikowski for the starting free safety spot if Reed is out.

“I don’t want to come back too early, man, and injure myself again,” Reed said.

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