Leap year for Ravens' Reed

Leap year for Ravens' Reed
December 17, 2012, 10:30 pm
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The NFL can be humbling, even to some of its best players. Ed Reed could tell you that.

No one would dispute that Reed ranks as one of the best safeties to ever play pro football. But even so, this season the Ravens star has been posterized twice by opposing ball carriers.

On Sunday, the Broncos’ Knowshon Moreno hurdled Reed, elevating over him while Reed was almost standing straight up.

“I was not expecting him to jump, honestly,” Reed told the media after Sunday’s loss. “I couldn’t react because I was dealing with a lot of sickness early in the game. I just wasn’t all the way into it, honestly. I was dealing with flu symptoms and everything. I just kind of watched him jump over me. … I saw him gathering himself, so I was like, ‘There’s no way he’s going to jump.’”

That wasn’t the first time it’s happened this season. Earlier in the year, in the Ravens’ loss to the Eagles, Philadelphia tight end Brent Celek leaped over Reed, too. At least on that one, Reed was going low for the tackle.

In any case, Reed has now played the straight man for two guys doing the football version of a Dwight Howard flying dunk. That’s enough to keep anyone humble.