Back on field, Reed prefers to look ahead


In an injury-marred season, safety aims to keep focus on final 4 games

Ravens notebook


With his team out of playoff contention and with him unlikely to earn individual awards this season, Ravens safety Ed Reed has limited his goals. For Reed, these last four games are about getting wins and getting film.

"I wish I would have had more film," Reed said. "The film that I can get from this season on until the next is used so I can correct and get better for the years to come on how they're attacking me, where they're throwing the ball and things like that. That's what I've been noticing throughout the year; it's just a step off right now."

Reed, who has yet to get an interception this season, returned to the lineup in Sunday's 16-15 win over the Houston Texans, stabilizing a secondary that was without two starters (Will Demps and Chris McAlister). Reed had missed the six previous games with a high ankle sprain, an injury that destroyed his bid to repeat as NFL Defensive Player of the Year and might also keep him out of the Pro Bowl.

This year would seemingly be a disappointing way to follow a season in which he led the league with nine interceptions, became the franchise's all-time leader in interceptions (21) and broke an NFL single-season record with 358 return yards off interceptions.

But Reed seemed more concerned with what will be than what could have been.

"The thing about being who we are as human beings, we're a victim of our own success," Reed said.

Early this season, teams stayed away from attacking the middle of the field, but Reed might get a dose of action Sunday against the Denver Broncos, especially since he is still shaking off the rust from his extended absence. Reed had four tackles against the Texans.

"It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be being out for that long," said Reed, who had a new backfield mate in Deion Sanders. "I felt the rustiness in some of the things, but it wasn't to the point where I was like, `Oh my goodness. Everything is too fast for me.' It was pretty much normal."

J. Lewis and Billick

In another chapter in the saga of Jamal Lewis' final year under contract, the running back declared yesterday that he primarily talks to position coach Matt Simon and rarely speaks to head coach Brian Billick.

"The only coach I talk to around here is my coach, Matt Simon, and that's it," Lewis said. "He feels the situation out, and the only thing he tells me is when your number is called, just be ready."

Lewis also said he no longer expects to get 25 carries a game and again hinted at his contract situation as a reason his load has been lightened. "That might have something to do with it," he said.

R. Lewis surgery successful

Ray Lewis had successful surgery yesterday in South Florida to repair his torn right hamstring and is expected to be placed on injured reserve in the coming days.

Lewis suffered the injury against the Chicago Bears on Oct. 23 and has not played since. It is the second time in Lewis' 10 seasons he will end a year on injured reserve.

"It's the right thing to do," Billick said. "It gives him the maximum rehab time."

Injury update

Tony Weaver (back) is doubtful for Sunday's game. Weaver sat out the Texans game after injuring the back late last week and may be in jeopardy of missing the rest of the season. Justin Green (wrist) and Mike Smith (thigh) will not play. Orlando Brown (back) and Edwin Mulitalo (knee) are questionable and did not practice. Keydrick Vincent (thigh) and Chris McAlister (thigh) are questionable but did practice. Both missed the Texans game.

"It's feeling better," McAlister said. "I'll still take it day-by-day and see how things look on Sunday."

End zone

Derrick Mason and Samari Rolle will host "Holiday Helpers" today at the Pikesville Target. The players donated $10,000 and will provide 100 children with $100 gift certificates.

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