Harbs Optimistic As PUP Deadline Looms

Reed and Ayanbadejo will make their own calls about coming off the PUP next week.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Wednesday, October 13th, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens are nearing the six-game mark of the season, where teams can bring players on the physically unable to perform list back to the practice field for further evaluation.

But that’s not to say safety Ed Reed, linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo and running back Matt Lawrence will be strong enough to play in Week 7.

Here is an update on each player’s status:

Harbaugh Optimistic on Reed, But It’s His Choice

Reed will have to make his own choice, despite Head Coach John Harbaugh’s positive outlook.

“I am hopeful, I’m optimistic, I feel like [Ed] is doing great,” Harbaugh noted. “He is working really hard, and he looks good. But, you don’t know. And that’s going to be up to Ed and the doctors and the trainers to see how it goes.

Reed had also expressed a belief that he would recover from offseason hip surgery. He requested from the NFL Players Association that his stay on the PUP list be reduced, albeit to no fruition.

“He’s going to push himself as hard as he can, but then really it will be his call,” said Harbaugh. “He’s going to know whether he can [play]. He’s the guy who’s been in the league forever. He knows what he can do and what he can’t do.”

Ayanbadejo (And His Family) Eyeing Bills Return

Ayanbadejo also fits into that category of making the call, according to Harbaugh.

The three-time Pro Bowl special teamer is pointing at Baltimore’s Week 7 matchup with the Buffalo Bills for a return to the playing field.

Ayanbadejo said he believes his quadriceps injury is healed, but expects some soreness considering he hasn’t been able to join his teammates for a full practice yet.

“My workouts usually go from 45 minutes to an hour and a half. [The players are] on the field for more than two hours, so we’ll see how that goes,” said Ayanbadejo. “I’ll have to just catch up on my icing and rehab.

“But, all my family is coming into town for the Buffalo game, and they’re not coming to see me sit on the bench. It would be a perfect opportunity to play, especially with a bye next week.”

Lawrence in “Gray” Area

Lawrence falls into an uncertain area. The third-year running back played in eight games last year before a knee injury knocked him out for the season.

“Matt Lawrence is a little bit younger, so we’ll just have to see,” said Harbaugh. “Matt Lawrence is probably the most gray right now, as far returning.”

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