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Ravens safety Ed Reed was back on the field Wednesday, a good sign he’ll play in Sunday’s AFC championship.
After suffering an ankle injury at the end of last week’s divisional playoff game, Reed was a limited practice participant. Head Coach John Harbaugh confirmed on Monday that x-rays on Reed’s ankle were negative.
The Ravens did not list any other players on their first injury report of the week.
“Looks like we’re in pretty good shape,” Harbaugh said. “There will be one or two guys that will be close, but we’ll regroup on where we’re at with that.”
Harbaugh did not elaborate on who those players are.
It’s essential for the Ravens to have Reed patrolling the middle of the field against Tom Brady and the Patriots.
He notched an interception against Brady in the Ravens’ 2009 wild-card playoff victory. Reed has eight career postseason picks, including one last week against the Houston Texans.
“Can’t say I’ve [coached] against anyone better in the secondary than Ed Reed,” Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick said Wednesday.
Praising Reed is nothing new for Belichick. He and Brady were captured extolling the safety’s virtues as they prepared for him in 2009 in the NFL Films documentary, “Bill Belichick: A Football Life.”
“Ed Reed’s Ed Reed,” Brady says. “He covers up for a lot of stuff.”
“Everything he does, he does at an exceptional level,” Belichick responds.
The Patriots listed 18 players on their injury report. It’s common for New England to load up the list.
The most notable is Brady, who surprisingly did not practice at all. His is listed with a left, non-throwing shoulder injury.
Brady didn’t appear to suffer any injury during his six-touchdown performance versus the Broncos Saturday night, and, according to Boston reporters, looked fine in his media session today.
The injury to watch for New England this week is tight end Aaron Hernandez, who missed the last series of the Denver game after taking a big hit and suffering an apparent head injury. Hernandez was limited in practice Wednesday.
Wide receiver Deion Branch (knee), safety Patrick Chung (knee), guard Logan Mankins (knee), linebacker Rob Ninkovich (hip), tackle Nate Solder (concussion), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back/foot) and wide receiver Wes Welker (knee) were all among the limited.