Ed Reed was one of a handful of the Ravens' high-profile veterans not present at organized team activities today, but neither that nor his recent radio comments that he's not "100 percent committed" to playing football this season has head coach John Harbaugh concerned.
"Ed is a guy that I really trust and really care about. I believe in him. There’s been no indication that he’s not going to play this year as far as I’m concerned," Harbaugh said. "I don’t worry about Ed. Ed is a mature guy. He’s a superstar. He’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer and he’ll be here. We’re counting on Ed being here."
Like long-time teammate and defensive leader Ray Lewis, Reed hasn't attended the voluntary workouts in recent offseasons. However, his absence today may have been magnified because of the comments that he made last week while on SiriusXM NFL Radio. Reed, who is entering his 11th NFL season but isn't signed beyond the 2012-13 campaign, has since clarified those comments, saying that he plans to play.
"What does he really mean by that?," Harbaugh said when asked about Reed's comments. "I think he’s talking about the offseason. He’s got a lot of things going on, that’s what he said. He’s working on personal things. I guarantee you he’s training, I guarantee you that he’s getting ready for the season. That’s just Ed."