Reed Expects to Start Season on PUP

Ed Reed says he believes Ravens can ‘weather the storm’ and make a late run.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 at 10:10 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ravens safety Ed Reed said he expects to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform List during an interview with 105.7 The Fan on Tuesday.

If Reed is right, he would miss at least the first six games of the season. He wouldn’t be eligible to play until October 24 against the Buffalo Bills, one week before the Ravens’ bye.

“I’m going to be on the PUP list for a minute,” Reed said. “And I’m not going to let them take me off like they took me off last time.”

The Ravens’ first six regular season games mark perhaps the team’s toughest stretch on the schedule. They play all three AFC North opponents, including the Steelers and Bengals on the road. Baltimore faces three teams that made the playoffs last season (Jets, Bengals, Patriots) at their stadiums.

“Whether I’m there or not it’s going to be challenging,” Reed said. “If that’ the case – which it’s really leaning that way more than anything – hopefully we weather the storm. I think we will, we’re a good enough team and have great players around, so we can get through those games and be able to make a run in late December and January.”

Reed was placed on the PUP list at the start of last year’s training camp due to a nerve impingement in his neck. He came off in time for the start of the regular season.

This year, Reed’s offseason hip surgery has left him rehabbing with a week until training camp begins. The All-Pro safety said he’s still at about 35 percent, the same diagnosis he gave nearly a month ago.

The nine-year veteran said he has done some more agility rehabilitation, but nothing “too strenuous.” Reed still has soreness in the hip.

“The way this business is, and dealing with the things I’ve just been through in the past two weeks with my organization, I’m not coming back till I’m well and ready,” Reed said. “I don’t care what anybody says, I don’t care what anybody says about me. I know what I can do when it comes to football. … I’m going to take my time with this and make sure I’m more than ready.”

When it comes to the Ravens’ fate without him, Reed feels the team can survive.

The Ravens return third-year free safety Tom Zbikowski and signed former Pro Bowler Ken Hamlin as insurance. The two will compete in training camp for the starting spot if Reed can’t play.

“With Ken coming in, it adds depth to the DBs position,” Reed said. “We need guys in that area. Zibby is definitely proven. I think Zibby is a player, knows how to play the game, understands the defense and will be in there.”

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