Late last night, John Harbaugh informed the media that safety Ed Reed decided to begin the season on the physically-unable-to-play list.
Earlier in the week, Jets head coach and former Ravens defensive coordinator Rex Ryan told the Baltimore Sun’s Mike Preston, “Ed Reed will play this game. Now he might not play the second game, third game or fourth game, whatever, but Ed Reed is going to play this game. I think part of that is a respect thing. He knows how disappointed I would be if he didn’t play. I want to win the game, but I want to play against Ed. I want them at their best and I know they will be.”
Reed’s ailing hip required surgery, which took place in May, and set the Pro Bowler back this season. As most fans know, under the rules of the PUP list, Reed will miss the first six weeks of the season and then have the ability to practice for 21 days before deciding to return to the list or suit up and play.
Now the Ravens will rely on Tom Zbikowski who started four games for Reed last season and played throughout the duration of the preseason.