Ravens All-Pro Safety Ed Reed will start the 2010 regular season on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh notified the Sun of Reed’s decision yesterday.
At best, Reed could return in Week 7, when the Ravens host the Bills. However, if common perception plays out, and the Ravens are doing much better than the Bills, Reed won’t be needed for that game.
The Ravens’ bye week is in Week 8. So Reed could potentially come back in Week 9, when the Ravens host the Dolphins (a much tougher team, especially with their acquisition of Pro-Bowl WR Brandon Marshall).
Reed has been rehabbing and recovering from a hip injury that prevented him from playing in four games last season. The Ravens went 2-2 in those games (all in December). Both losses were road games (Green Bay, Pittsburgh).
The Ravens will look to Tom Zbikowski, who has played well before in Reed’s absence. Zbikowski is entering his third year in the NFL. He recorded 29 tackles and 2 interceptions last season, in limited action.
Not having a player like Reed in your defensive backfield, especially if you’re the Ravens, does hurt. But with Fabian Washington back healthy, the newly-signed CB Josh Wilson, and the potential Week 1 return of Lardarius Webb, they might not be in such bad shape.
As always, time will tell.
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