Harbaugh Believes Reed Will Play This Year

John Harbaugh says the Ravens are ‘counting’ on Ed Reed playing.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Categories: Ryan Mink

Ed Reed’s recent interview comments about possibly retiring this offseason may have Ravens Nation worried, but not Head Coach John Harbaugh.

“Ed is a guy that I really trust and I really care about and believe in,” Harbaugh said after Wednesday’s workout.

“There’s been no indication that he’s not going to play as far as I’m concerned. I don’t worry about Ed. He’s a mature guy. He’s a superstar. He’s a first ballot Hall of Famer. He’s a leader. We’re counting on Ed being here.” 

Reed’s comments about a week ago on Sirius XM radio raised eyebrows nationally. He said he was not 100 percent committed to playing football this year and that other things in his life have him thinking differently about things right now.

Reed later backed off those comments, saying his focus is not about retirement, and that he believes he can play for years to come. The 33-year-old safety said there’s “something me and my team have been discussing the last couple of weeks,” leading media to speculate it’s about a new contract.

“He’s got a lot of things going on and he’s working on personal things,” Harbaugh said. “I guarantee he’s training. I guarantee he’s preparing for the season. That’s just Ed.”

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