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Ravens wide receiver David Reed is getting tired of having his wrist in a cast.
He’s got to wrap it with a plastic bag when he showers and said it’s starting to get a tad stinky.
In fact, he’s tired of injuries altogether after a frustrating end to the 2010 season.
Reed will have the cast removed in two weeks, at which point doctors will tell him whether he’ll need wrist surgery. Reed said he has full range of motion, but doesn’t know if it the ligaments can handle pressure.
“I’m just praying I don’t need surgery,” Reed said Wednesday at the Ravens’ training facility. “We’ll see and then go from there.”
A hamstring injury held Reed out of the Week 7 contest versus Buffalo, then a concussion sidelined him for Baltimore’s final two regular-season games. The wrist injury forced him out of both playoff games.
“Little [annoying] injuries like this wrist, the hamstring, I don’t want to have that no more,” Reed said. “That’s not me. I never miss games. My whole career, I’ve played with injuries. I really hate the way I went out last season.”
Reed practiced at the tail end of last season, wearing a brace on his wrist while fielding kickoffs, but coaches deemed it was better to go with healthy options, running back Jalen Parmele and cornerback Lardarius Webb.
“I was sick standing on the sidelines. I don’t ever want to feel that again and that’s all I’m thinking about,” Reed said.
“I feel like I have to re-prove myself to the coaches again because the way I went out, it was like a punk. That’s the way I feel about it. To sit out [of] the playoffs because of a wrist, that’s crazy to me.”