Ravens Place D. Reed On Injured Reserve

The second-year kick returner will have surgery to repair an isolated ACL tear.

Posted by Garrett Downing on Monday, December 26th, 2011 at 2:10 pm | Categories: Garrett Downing

The Baltimore Ravens placed second-year wide receiver and return specialist David Reed on injured reserve following an isolated ACL tear he suffered on a kick return in Saturday’s victory over the Cleveland Browns.

The Ravens have yet to announce who will take Reed’s spot on the active roster.

After the game on Saturday, Reed said he felt his knee give out while making a cut during his only return of the afternoon.

“My knee buckled,” he said.

Reed will have surgery to repair the tear, but the date of surgery has not yet been determined, Head Coach John Harbaugh said Monday.

Going on injured reserve ends what has been a disappointing season for Reed, who led the NFL in kickoff return average last year.

Reed was suspended for the first game of this season and then was inactive for two games because of a shoulder injury. He returned to the lineup as the starting kick returner, but lost the job after the Ravens game in Seattle on Nov. 13.

Reed fumbled two kickoffs against the Seahawks, which both led to field goals in the Ravens’ 22-17 loss. The Ravens turned to Tom Zbikowski to handle the kickoff return duties in recent weeks.

After being replaced as the starting kick returner, Ravens coaches repeatedly said Reed would have a chance to win back the job, and in the last two weeks, Reed showed signs that he was on his way to doing just that.

He returned a kick late in the game against the Chargers for 47 yards, which was the Ravens’ longest return since Reed was sidelined. The Ravens then turned to Reed again on Saturday, and he opened the second half against Cleveland with a 30-yard return, which is when the injury occurred.

“It’s disappointing for David and all of us because he was about to run that kick back for a touchdown,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the thing that was probably most amazing. He had two guys out in front of him and I didn’t see anybody between him and the end zone. That was going to the house.

“A lot of things are unpredictable in football, and that’s certainly not one we were predicting and we’ll just have to move forward.”

The injury comes just when it appeared Reed was starting to get his season back on track.

“It’s frustrating, but God has His plan for me, and I just got to let Him work his magic,” Reed said.

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