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Week 1 Return A ‘Possibility’ For Reed

The Ravens had a serious conversation with Ed Reed to help decide whether he goes on PUP.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh said there’s a possibility Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed could be ready to play in the Sept. 13 regular season opener versus the New York Jets.

Reed has been sidelined the entire offseason as he rehabs his surgically-repaired hip. But the nine-year veteran may not need practice time, Harbaugh said.

“Sure, I think that’s a possibility for a guy like Ed Reed,” Harbaugh said. “The determining factor is going to be what’s best for him, what’s best for his career long-term, what’s best for him to play at the level he’s accustomed to playing. There’s no way we’re going to rush him back.

“He’s going to want to come back as soon as he can. But he’s also been in this thing long enough to understand that you’ve got to do it the right way. There’s a possibility that could happen just because that’s the kind of mindset he has, but we’ll see.”

Reed has been at the Ravens’ training facility in Owings Mills, Md., the past two days. He was running laps around the practice field today and had a meeting with Harbaugh, General Manager Ozzie Newsome, Defensive Coordinator Greg Mattison and Secondary Coach Chuck Pagano Monday.

“[It was] a very honest and open conversation,” Harbaugh said. “He wants to come back, but he understands the situation too. There’s a lot more that goes into it. We have until Saturday to make a decision and I’m sure we’ll take it till Saturday to figure that out.”

Saturday is when the Ravens have to cut the roster from 75 to 53 players.

Baltimore will have to decide whether to put Reed on the Physically Unable To Perform list, which would sideline him for the first six games, or keep him on the active roster, which would take up an extra spot that could be used on somebody else if Reed isn’t healthy enough to play.

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