“I’m still not 100 percent, but I’m 100 percent mentally at this point as far as everything I can do,” Reed said on Tuesday. “I know my limitations; I still have a lot of work to do before the season starts.”
Years’ worth of injuries, including a neck ailment, reportedly led Reed to contemplate retirement following the 2009 season. Reed underwent hip surgery last April which kept him on the physically unable to perform list through training camp and into October.
In the six games Reed missed, the Ravens had five takeaways (three interceptions) and a -4 turnover differential on the season. Reed intercepted a pair of passes in his first game of the season, and would go on to lead the NFL with eight picks that led to a seventh Pro Bowl nod. With a ball-hawk like Reed back in the secondary, the Ravens created 22 takeaways over the final ten games and finished +7, which ranked ninth in the NFL.
Reed will turn 33 on September 11th, the same day the Ravens are scheduled to open their 2011 regular season against the Steelers at M and T Bank Stadium. Whether or not Reed is in uniform or Reebok sideline gear will be something to keep an eye on this summer.