After flirting with retirement for much of the offseason, Ravens safety Ed Reed reported to the Under Armour Performance Center this morning, quieting any talk that he might hold out of training camp.
Reed arrived at training camp at approximately 10 a.m., walking through the player's entrance. He was carrying a baseball and a jug of water and he didn't interact with reporters as he entered the building.
“For me, it was never a question if Ed was going to be at camp or not,” inside linebacker Ray Lewis said. “Whether he speaks about whatever, that’s from his heart. But him taking care of the business side of it, he’s always done that.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh spoke to Reed recently and said yesterday that he expected the mercurial safety to report. But there was still some uncertainty because of Reed's comments throughout the offseason in which he questioned his commitment to coming back and playing his 11th NFL season.
“There’s a couple of guys on this team, when you see their face, it’s going to be alright. And he’s one of those guys,” Lewis said. “Ed is maturing into a man and understanding that there are other things outside of the game that are way more important. But at the same time, it’s a business … and Ed understands that ‘when it’s time for me to show up, I’m here.’”
Reed also was a no-show for the mandatory veteran minicamp earlier this offseason. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection is entering the final season of his contract.
Running back Ray Rice, wide receiver Anquan Boldin and linebacker Terrell Suggs also reported to camp this morning. Asked if he was happy to be back, Rice, the recipient of a huge contract extension last week, said, "The smile says it all."
Suggs, who is expected to miss a good part if not all of the 2012-13 season after tearing his Achilles in the offseason, was not wearing a walking boot.
The Ravens' first full-team practive is Thursday.