Ed Reed expected to play in 2010

According to the National Football Post, Ravens’ safety Ed Reed is definitely expected to play in 2010.

It would take a major setback with his nerve impingement in his neck and ligament tears in his hip and groin for Reed to stop playing football.

The All-Pro defensive back didn’t change his public stance during an interview with Sirius Radio. Reed said following a playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts that he was contemplating retirement.

“I’m feeling good,” Reed said. “It’s still early in the offseason. The comment was made right after the game because that’s the truth of the matter. I’ve got some things I got to take care of before I continue to go there. But the comment hasn’t changed, it still is what it is.

“I mean, for most people in the world, 50/50 is just that. If you’re able to go, you know, most people who know me, when I’ve been hurt over the years, and lately, these last two years, a lot. But if I can walk and talk, I’m out there communicating and making plays.”

Although multiple injuries hurt his play in 2009, Reed can still play at an elite level at his age. So as the article notes, unless he suffers another setback in his recovery process then he should be back in 2010, which is a great thing for the Ravens.

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Ravens’ Ed Reed contemplating retirement

Following the Ravens’ 20-3 loss to the Colts on Saturday night, safety Ed Reed indicated that he might retire in the offseason.

Reed is only 31, but hip, neck and groin injuries limited his mobility and production throughout the season. He told the Baltimore Sun that he would speak with his medical team soon and then make a final decision about whether or not to continue his playing career. He indicated that he has aspirations to coach at the college level and might peruse those interests sooner rather than later.

When healthy, Reed still plays at a high level and it would be surprising if he hung ‘em up with $19.7 million left on his remaining contract. Money isn’t everything, but if he can fully recover in the offseason and enter the 2010 season with a full bill of health, it’s doubtful that he would retire.

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