Ravens have tough decision to make with Reed

The Baltimore Ravens have a tough decision to make on whether Ed Reed will start the season on the reserve/PUP list, and they’ll likely take all the way up to Saturday’s roster cutdown deadline to do it.

To recap, Reed has been sidelined the entire offseason following hip surgery. He met this week with general manager Ozzie Newsome, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison, secondary coach Chuck Pagano and head coach John Harbaugh, who wouldn’t rule him out of the regular-season opener.

NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi, though, is hearing Reed isn’t ready to play and likely won’t be able to make an impact in the first six weeks of the season, the window in which he would be ineligible if placed on the reserve/PUP list.

We’ve been told Reed feels good about his progress, and according to BaltimoreRavens.com, he’s been at the team’s training facility the last two days, for what that’s worth. It’s a good bet Reed is pushing to get back now.

It’s a delicate situation for the Ravens, who are thin in the secondary because of injuries and traded for CB Josh Wilson on Tuesday. The Ravens would have to believe Reed can make an impact early to be convinced not to place him on the reserve/PUP list, and if he’s not ready, his roster spot becomes very valuable.

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