Reed wouldn’t say when or how he injured his shoulder. Aside from a minor thigh ailment in Week 2, he’s yet to appear on the team’s injury report, which is bizarre. It’s highly unlikely Reed would lie about such a thing, and coach John Harbaugh isn’t known to skew any potential injuries (a la Bill Belichick).
In any case, Baltimore can ill afford to lose Reed, who, like Lewis, still provides an invaluable spark of veteran leadership and guidance, despite losing a step or two.
During the offseason, Reed played his usual see-saw game with the subject of retirement. One week he’d fail to commit to his team, while another he’d express desire to suit up for another half decade. He’s went on record as saying he deserves to be given a new contract, but that certainly won’t happen if limps into 2013, recovering from a major shoulder injury.
If he really is hurt, Reed’s in a bit of a jackpot. And, by association, the Ravens are, too.
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