Another Route Regarding Reed

If Ed Reed isn’t healthy for Week 1, the Ravens don’t have to put him on PUP.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

If you’ve been following the Ed Reed health saga, it seems the Ravens have two options for dealing with their safety’s return.

  1. Reed’s healthy enough to play in Baltimore’s season-opener on Sept. 13 vs. the N.Y. Jets
  2. Put him on the Physically Unable to Perform list

But another less-publicized route is carrying Reed on the roster and simply declaring him inactive if he can’t play.

If Reed goes on the PUP list at season’s start, he isn’t eligible to play in the first six games. If he’s on the active roster, the Ravens have the luxury of not having to decide whether he will play until just before game time.

Thus, if Reed could return within the first six games, it may be an attractive option.

The downside of having an injured player on the active roster is it consumes an extra roster spot that could be used on a healthy player.

The play of backup safeties Tom Zbikowski, Ken Hamlin and Haruki Nakamura during training camp could affect Baltimore’s decision. If they perform well, the Ravens may feel more comfortable placing Reed on the PUP list. If not, they may choose to have Reed at their fingertips.

Reed has said he will not let the Ravens take him off the PUP list until he is ready. Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh is prepared to play without Reed but hopeful he can return.

“I guarantee you one thing: I’d love to see Ed Reed out there,” Harbaugh said. “No. 20 in the back end makes us a better team.”

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