Harbs: Reed to PUP Was ‘Ed’s Call’

Ed Reed isn’t 100 percent right now, but Week 7 is ‘absolutely’ a realistic goal.  

Posted by Mike Duffy on Monday, September 6th, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

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It wasn’t easy to place Ed Reed on the reserve physically unable to perform list, making him unavailable for at least the Ravens’ first six games of the 2010 season.

But in this case, the call fell on Reed’s shoulders.

“[Reed] made the decision in the end,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh.  “I think he feels with the team interest first. That’s the best thing, but he’ll be ready to go soon enough.

“I know we can play well when he’s not there, and look how much better we’re going to be when he gets back.”

After being asked whether Reed could return by Week 7, when his status on the Reserve-PUP can be lifted, Harbaugh said it was “absolutely” a realistic goal.

Reed underwent a procedure in April for his ailing hip and was facing a four- to six-month recovery.

The six-time Pro Bowler missed four games in 2009 with hip, ankle and groin injuries, so he wanted to be sure that he was completely healed before taking the field again.

“This is my first surgery and I just wanted to make sure that I was 100 percent, and I didn’t feel 100 percent,” Reed recently said on Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio.  “I still have some weaknesses. I probably could have went out there and kinda maneuvered my way around for a couple of weeks until I really got myself back together but I didn’t know if that was going to be fourth, fifth week or whatnot.

“And it wasn’t gonna do any justice to the team after they put in all that hard work this offseason and training camp for that one guy who we probably needed on the roster that was probably 110 percent and could have gave us a special teams play or maybe even a defensive play here or there.”

Reed has been rehabilitating at length, splitting time between work with personal trainers and with the Ravens.  Last week, he ran laps around the Ravens’ fields while his teammates practiced.

“We were really hoping he could [play Week 1],” said Harbaugh.  “He was trying like heck to get there, so there was no way we were going to rule that out when asked because he was still making every effort to get there, and he continues to do that.”

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