Reed says he’s about 35 percent after hip surgery

When are you coming back? That question has dogged Ed Reed since he had surgery on his hip during the offseason. But Ravens fans might not want to hear the safety’s answer.

Reed told Sirius Radio (via the team’s official site) that he felt about 35 percent right now, calling rehabilitation a long process. Being ready for the first game is a goal, but it might not be realistic. Reed called rehab a four- to six-month process.

“I want to be ready for the first game, but I don’t know how soon that would happen, how soon I would be back,” Reed said. “You know, we’re gonna continue to do the things to try and get back and at least play this year for the fans, man, cause they’ve been hounding me, man.”

The Ravens will face the Jets on Sept. 13, but Baltimore has added Ken Hamlin as insurance in case Reed can’t make it back. Right now, it doesn’t look good for the veteran.

The Ravens also made news recently when they signed free-agent QB Marc Bulger to back up Joe Flacco. That leaves former Heisman Trophy winner Troy Smith in limbo, competing with John Beck for the third quarterback spot.

Smith, whose former agent said the quarterback would crawl to Cleveland to play for the Browns, is taking it all in stride, according to the Ravens’ official site.

“Playing football is always about being competitive,” Smith said. “It’s a natural part of the game, so that’s just part of the territory. I’ve said it time and time again, my focus as a player is just getting better. I have to take advantage of that opportunity, so I’m cool with it.”

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