Ravens deciding Ed Reed's status

Pro Bowl safety will either go on PUP or active roster

August 31, 2010|By Ken Murray and Jamison Hensley, The Baltimore Sun

Among the decisions the Ravens must make in setting their 53-man roster on Saturday is what to do with Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed. He will either go on the physically-unable-to-perform list (Reserve PUP) or be placed on the active roster.

Coach John Harbaugh said Tuesday that Reed wants to play sooner and avoid the six-week inactive period the PUP list requires. Reed apparently made this point Monday during a meeting with Harbaugh, general manager Ozzie Newsome, defensive coordinator Greg Mattison and secondary coach Chuck Pagano.

"He wants to come back, but he understands the situation, too," Harbaugh said. "There's a lot more that goes into it. We have until Saturday to make a decision, and I'm sure we'll take until Saturday to figure that out."

Reed had offseason hip surgery and spent all of training camp and the preseason on the PUP. Harbaugh did not rule Reed out of the Sept. 13 opener against the New York Jets, though.

"The determining factor is going to be what's best for his career long-term and what's best for him to play at the level he's accustomed to playing," Harbaugh said. "There is no way we're going to rush him back. He's probably the kind of guy who wants to come back as soon as he can. But he's also been in this thing long enough to understand that you've got to do it the right way."

Reed declined to address his return Monday during the time reporters were allowed in the locker room.

Yanda gets reps at tackle

The Ravens have been reluctant to move right guard Marshal Yanda to tackle this summer, but they are now preparing for the possibility. Yanda acknowledged that he has received repetitions at tackle this week as a contingency, and Chris Chester continues to take reps at guard.

Tony Moll had a tough game against the New York Giants on Saturday and had to come off the field with an injury at one point. Yanda played two plays at tackle, without benefit of any training camp snaps at the position.

"Either way, I'm ready to roll, no matter what my role is, to help the team," Yanda said. "If I have to play right tackle, that's fine. I'm completely OK with that because we need to have the best guys out there to win, no matter where we like to play."

Chester works at guard, center, tight end and fullback and simply wants to play more.

"We're trying to find the right combination of people," he said. "We're all getting a shot to play in there."

Cody has surgery

Rookie nose tackle Terrence Cody had surgery Tuesday on his left knee to repair a tear in his lateral meniscus and will be out two weeks. Harbaugh said the second-round pick is questionable for opening night.

"There's a chance he could be back for the opener against the Jets or, for the bigger guys, sometimes it takes a little longer," Harbaugh said. "The plus is, we have a lot of depth on the defensive line right now. That'll be day-to-day as we get closer to the game."

That means more playing time for Brandon McKinney at nose tackle in Thursday's final preseason game against the St. Louis Rams. McKinney, considered to be on the bubble to make the roster, said: "Now I have to step up."

Ayanbadejo on Reserve PUP

Special teams ace Brendon Ayanbadejo (quadriceps) and running back Matt Lawrence (knee) were moved to the Reserve PUP from the Active PUP on Tuesday as the Ravens reduced the roster to the 75-player limit.

Both players will miss the first six weeks of the season, but won't count against the roster. After sitting out six weeks, there is a 21-day period in which the player can begin to practice. At the end of the 21 days, the team must either activate the player, release the player or keep him on Reserve PUP for the remainder of the season.

Harbaugh acknowledged that both rehabs have gone slower than anticipated. Ayanbadejo said: "I hope I'll be good [to return in Week 7]. But I think I should be OK."

Miller in return game

Rookie cornerback Prince Miller will get another opportunity to return punts in St. Louis after a run of injuries left the Ravens short on returners. The undrafted free agent from Georgia needs to impress to help his chances of making the roster.

"I'm not going to put any more pressure on myself for this game than any other one," Miller said. "When you stretch yourself out and put more pressure on yourself, it just leaves room for error."

Miller is averaging 13.9 yards on eight returns this summer, including a 57-yard return. All three of the other players who have returned punts this preseason -- Tom Zbikowski (thigh bruise), Donte' Stallworth (foot) and Mark Clayton (concussion) -- will miss the Rams game.

Stallworth's surgery successful

Stallworth delivered good news about surgery on his broken foot on his Twitter account, saying: "The surgery was successful, thank you for all your prayers. Love you much  Now back on the grind, I'll be back SOON!!!"

The veteran wide receiver broke his foot running a route against the Giants. The team expects him to return around the bye week in late October.

End zone

Right tackle Oniel Cousins (concussion) participated in a few drills Tuesday at half-speed, leaving open the question of whether he can play against the Rams. Â Zbikowski was held out of drills along with Clayton, cornerback Fabian Washington (ribs), guard David Hale (bruised tailbone) and offensive tackles Jared Gaither (thoracic disk in his back) and Stefan Rodgers (undisclosed). Rookie fullback Mike McLaughlin (undisclosed) was on the field but didn't suit up. Â Hale said he is progressing from the injury he suffered Aug. 16 but is noncommittal about playing in the season opener.

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