It wasn't much, but for Jah Reid, it was a start, and a welcome one at that.
Reid, a second-year offensive lineman, finally saw his first action of the season at Cleveland after fighting a pesky calf injury that sidelined him for more than four months.
Reid, whom the Ravens traded up five spots to grab in the third round of the 2011 draft, was mentioned in the offseason as a possible successor to Ben Grubbs at left guard. But then Reid went down with a strained calf during minicamp, and attempts to return from the injury were met with setbacks.
"The muscle can tear, so you gotta ease your way back in," Reid said. "I learned my lesson. You can't rush it. It takes time, and it's very aggravating, but you just have to wait it out. Thankfully now, I'm ready to go."
Reid, 6-foot-7 and 340 pounds, played a handful of snaps against the Browns, seeing some action on the line and as a jumbo tight end.
"First game there's a little bit of nerves," Reid said, "but as soon as I stepped on the field that went away, and it was just like the same ol' football I've played my whole life."
Coach John Harbaugh said on Monday that he was pleased with the glimpse he got of Reid in Cleveland.
"He played 10 or 15 snaps, different positions in there, and he played well," Harbaugh said. "He did a nice job. It was the first time he’s really taken any extended time out there, and he wasn’t overwhelmed at all. That’s what you look for in a young guy, and he wasn’t."
Reid, who played all 16 games last season, mainly on special teams, was an all-conference tackle at Central Florida but has worked at both guard and tackle with the Ravens. He said he has no preference as to which position he plays.
"I'm happy to fill in at any position as long as I can help the team," he said.
This week, he might get that chance at left guard. Bobbie Williams, the starter the past three games, is hobbled by an ankle injury and did not practice Wednesday. His status for Sunday is up in the air. Ramon Harewood, who started at left guard the first five games, has been bothered by migraines and has been a game-day inactive the past three games. So it's possible Reid could slide in and become the Ravens' third different starter at left guard in the first nine games.
It's been a long, frustrating season to date for Reid, but he said he's ready to finally contribute.
"My calf's healed," he said, "and it's awesome to be out there helping my team."