Reed: Nothing Decided

Pro Bowl Safety Still Uncertain On Retiring

February 06, 2010|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,jamison.hensley@baltsun.com

The pinched nerve in Ed Reed's neck has gotten worse, the Pro Bowl safety told the NFL Network at Super Bowl festivities in Miami on Friday. He reiterated that he remains undecided on whether he will return to the Ravens or retire.

"I still have to see doctors," Reed said. "I still need to talk with Ozzie [Newsome] and the Ravens."

Reed acknowledged that he has been contemplating retirement the past two years. The pinched nerve in his neck has affected his hip injury, according to Reed.

He first mentioned retirement - saying he was "50-50" - when a reporter asked him about his future after the AFC divisional playoff loss to the Colts at Indianapolis on Jan. 16.

On Friday, Reed said the retirement talk had nothing to do with the emotions of the loss.

"I knew going into that game that was going to be tough playing against those guys. It always is," Reed said. "Scoring three points and not being effective, it was bad. But it happens and you move on."

Since the end of the season, Ravens coach John Harbaugh has said twice that he believes Reed will return to the team.

When former teammate and friend Deion Sanders asked Reed on Friday what he would move into if he retired, Reed said, "a tee time."

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