Reed Petitioned His Six-Week Stay On PUP

Ed Reed said he called the NFLPA for a reduced stay, but his request didn’t work.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Thursday, September 16th, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

It was worth a try, but Ravens safety Ed Reed said he can’t get his mandatory six-week stay on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list reduced.

Prior to the Ravens’ regular-season opener against the New York Jets, just one week into his PUP stay, Reed said he called the NFL Players Association to check if he could come back earlier.

“I thought I could’ve got it reduced,” Reed said. “Maybe I should have called [NFL Commissioner Roger] Goodell. But it’s all in the game. I’ve got to abide by the rules, and all I can do is take advantage of this time. I know these guys are going to do their jobs, and do it the way we’re always taught to do it, regardless of who’s out there.”

Reed is still working back from an offseason procedure on his hip, but his call to the NFLPA seems to show he is anxious to return.

While the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year wanted to suit up in Week 1, Reed conceded that a rushed rehabilitation could have limited him later in the year.

“I was scheduling myself to be back the first game,” said Reed. “But as an organization and as a player, we thought the best thing would be to give it a couple more weeks. We didn’t know how many weeks it was going to take for me to get fully back, and even if it be after this six weeks. But like coach said, ‘It’s going to be hard to hold you back these next couple weeks.’”

With his spare time, Reed is working hard at what he calls a personal training camp. During Ravens practices, Reed works on a side field on conditioning drills.

This week, Reed was seen running with a weighted sled attached to his waist. Reed is also a big proponent of running in the sand pit behind the Ravens’ training facility.

In addition, Reed also communicates constantly with his personal trainers in Atlanta.

“It’s been progressing since Day One of the surgery,” Reed said. “I think it’s been getting better. I’m working hard. We’re doing a lot of work with the trainers here and the doctor. Just keeping that conversation up and keeping that dialogue up and making sure they’re communicating and I’m doing everything I can possibly do.”

So what will Reed do this weekend in Cincinnati? The noted student of the game said he’s taking on more of a coaching role while he’s on the sidelines.

“You might see me with a notebook or something this week,” Reed explained. “I’m just helping the guys out in any way that I can. It’s kind of harder as a player to get into the flow of the game on the sideline, so just trying to know the gameplan, see what they’re doing, how they’re attacking us on the one drive and then giving some tips and pointers from that.”

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