Reed’s Return Takes Unclear Turn

Safety Ed Reed said he’s aiming for Week 1, but isn’t rushing his rehabilitation.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, July 7th, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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The offseason drama of Ed Reed’s health took another unclear turn Tuesday as the Ravens’ safety discussed his hip and neck injuries on the “Norris and Davis Show” on 105.7 The Fan.

Reed, who a little more than a week ago told SIRIUS Radio that he’s currently 35 percent, said he’s aiming for a Week 1 return, but cast doubt on how realistic that goal was.

“We’re not trying to miss a game, but if it happens that way to where we’re back two or three games then so be it,” Reed said. “But we’re not gonna rush it at all.”

Asked how practical his goal of being back for the season-opener versus the N.Y. Jets on Sept. 13, Reed said “you know, I’m not sure. It’s probably realistic, but even [doctors] don’t know how I feel at the end of the day.”

Reed previously said he had reconstructive surgery on his hip and that it’s a four-to-six month process to get back to 100 percent. He put it in terms of actual months on Tuesday, although he cited a wide range.

“I believe with the hip, that could be a realistic thing; November-October, November-December,” Reed said. “We don’t know.”

Then later on in the interview, Reed talked about making an appearance against the Jets.

“If I made a cameo that first game, we can do some good things against Rex [Ryan],” Reed said. “He’s getting loaded up there. But Rex isn’t the one snapping the ball.”

Reed’s hip isn’t the only ailment on his mind.

“I still have another injury that was actually the number one injury prior to, and probably partly why I had to have the hip surgery, was my nerve impingement,” Reed said. “That’s the thing we’ve been talking about for the past couple years.”

Reed, who missed four games last season, said he wore the non-contact red jersey during practices because of his neck injury. He said he called the Ravens last year to discuss his neck and long-term health insurance after his career is over.

“I said, ‘Look, I have a nerve impingement, I’m feeling something could possibly happen to me, but I wanna know,’” Reed said. “Just like those older players back in the day wanna know where is our insurance. You know, where is the insurance?”

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