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Ed Reed said Thursday that he still wasn’t sure if he would play Sunday against the Ravens.
However, he had plenty to say about a variety of subjects during a conference call with Baltimore media.
What kind of crowd reaction did Reed expect, returning with the Texans after 11 seasons with the Ravens? “I don’t know, man,” Reed said. “Fans can be tricky. I guess it’s all (on) how they feel, and how the tailgating goes.”
Reed also had this to say about repeating as a Super Bowl champion. “You remember me saying I wanted to repeat,” Reed said. “I still will repeat, it will just be (with) a different team.”
Reed is glad to be returning to Baltimore the same day Ray Lewis will be inducted into the Ravens Ring of Honor.
“It was planned that way for a reason,” Reed said. “But I’m excited for Ray. As soon as he retired, we knew it was going to happen. It really is going to be a special day, just me coming back, Ray going into the Ring of Honor, Texans playing the Ravens. It was always a good game when I was with the Ravens.”
Reed gave his impression of the new-look Ravens’ offense
“Different offense than when I was around,” Reed said. “Different guys in there, Marlon Brown, Dallas Clark. Seeing Dallas Clark and (Brandon) Stokley back, it’s kind of weird seeing that. “I know what Joe’s capable of. I know what Torrey (Smith) does. Just looking at the whole team, it just looks a little different, especially being on this side of things.”
Reed said his memories of playing in Baltimore remained special.
“My time in Baltimore was awesome, every bit of it,” Reed said. “I have no regrets.”
That includes not holding hard feelings against the Ravens for not re-signing him during free agency. He praised Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome and owner Steve Bisciotti for how they handled the process.
“I knew it was going to be tough,” Reed said. “It was probably about 50-50 “It was just something I had to go through, the business side of it. Ozzie (Newsome) and Steve (Bisciotti) were great support, great mentors for me to understand how this business works.
“Ozzie always brought in guys that could help the Ravens win. I understand how this go, being in this game for 12 years.”
Reed said his injured hip was still not where he wanted it to be.
“Still got some work to do,” Reed said. “There’s tightness and soreness in there.”
However, most people expect Reed to play, a competitor who would surely relish playing against many of his former teammates, and matching wits at safety against Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
“Me and Joe went against each other a whole lot in practice,” Reed said. “Interesting to go against him being in a game situation. It’d be like being in training camp.”
Only this time, a packed stadium would be watching, with Reed wearing a different uniform.