Reed Keeping Long-Term Outlook

Ed Reed said he could have played Monday, but his hip wouldn’t have held up.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Friday, September 10th, 2010 at 7:37 am | Categories: Mike Duffy

Ed Reed believes he could have played Monday night when the Ravens take on the New York Jets, but his injured hip might not have held up towards the end of the year if he did.

As such, Reed is holding his own personal training camp in the six weeks he’ll miss as he sits on the physically unable to perform list.

“I felt good enough to play, but I don’t know if I’d have lasted the whole season,” Reed said Thursday. “That’s that problem. We had so many guys working out hard all offseason and during training camp.  I haven’t been through training camp.

“I wouldn’t be doing those guys justice if I came back not having been through that grueling type of work, so I have to take these six weeks to put myself through it.”

As Reed spoke to, the six-time Pro Bowler was attaching resistance bands from a belt to hooks on his cleats to strengthen his hip.

During practice this week, Reed conditioned with Ravens trainers on a side field.  If not conditioning, Reed’s been in the weight room.

Reed’s regimen also includes acupuncture and massage, all while keeping a constant dialogue with his personal trainers in Atlanta.

While being apart from his teammates is frustrating, Reed is keeping a positive mindset regarding his absence.

“I know why I’m on the PUP,” said Reed.  “There aren’t any negative feelings.  I have to get right for the team, however long that takes.  I have to take that time. I know we’re going to battle through and be a lot better than people think, with or without me, because I know the guys we have on this team.

“So, I’m good with it, but I’m not good with it because I want to be out there.”

After missing all of training camp and all four preseason games, Reed is enjoying another perspective of the game, almost acting as a coach to the members of the Ravens’ young secondary.

“I’m just trying to do my part on the other side of things trying to help our guys out,” Reed explained.  “I’m still studying my tape, but it’s different being on the sideline, it’s an entirely new point of view.”

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