Reed expects to start on PUP list
When the Baltimore Ravens open their season against the New York Jets on "Monday Night Football", safety Ed Reed might be a spectator instead of a participant.
Reed, who is recovering from offseason hip surgery, told a Baltimore radio station that he would begin training camp on the physically unable to perform list and likely will remain there when the season starts.
If Reed begins the season on the PUP list, by NFL rules he would miss the Ravens' first six games. In that scenario, his first game would be against the Buffalo Bills on Oct. 24.
"I'm going to be on the PUP list for a minute, and I'm not letting them take me off like they did last time without telling me," Reed said Wednesday in an interview with 105.7 The Fan, according to the Times. "I'm just rehabbing. It's a slow process. I'm going to get out there when I feel good. I can't give you a date. I don't know."
He acknowledged that he'll likely remain on the PUP list when the season starts.
"Of course, definitely. It's going to be challenging opening up with the schedule we have whether I'm there or not. It's leaning that way more than anything. Hopefully, we can weather the storm. We have great players around us to get through those games and be able to make a run," he said, according to the Carroll County Times.
He said he is not trying to rush back from his surgery.
"I had to reconstruct my whole hip. It's not something where I can say, 'I'm going to be back.' I'm not coming back until I'm well and ready. I don't care what anybody says. I know I can play football. I'm going to take my time with this and be sure," Reed said, according to the Times.
Reed, a six-time Pro Bowl selection (including last season), was the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year in 2004 and has 46 career interceptions with 11 defensive touchdowns (nine INT returns and two fumble recoveries).
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