On Tuesday, during an interview on 105.7 The Fan, Ed Reed said that he expects to start the season on the Physically Unable to Perform list, which means he would miss at least the first six games of the regular season.
Yesterday, Reed told reporters at his youth football camp at Randallstown High School that he's preparing for the first game of the season, but that he's leaning toward going on the PUP list.
Later in the day Wednesday, Reed and his advisor, Brad Davis, told NFL.com that reports of Reed missing the first six weeks of the season are erroneous, but they have no clue when the safety will be able to see his first game action.
At various times in the last few months, Reed has said the following: That he's not sure if he wants to play in 2010; that he sees himself playing one or two more years; and that he could potentially suit up for 8-10 more seasons.
A few weeks ago, Reed said that he would like a new contract. On Tuesday, he claimed that his comments regarding his current deal were misconstrued by the media. He then admitted yesterday that he did approach the Ravens about a new contract prior to last season.
Reed, like most star athletes, is a man who is used to having things in his control. Right now, very little is.
The Ravens' six-time Pro Bowl safety is unable to train for the season the way he would like because he is still recovering from reconstructive hip surgery that he had in April. Reed also has a lingering neck injury, something that constantly threatens not only his NFL career, but his long-term health.
Then there's the contract issue. Reed is under contract for the next three years, but is unhappy with the current deal because he feels lesser safeties are earning more than the $6-plus million that he is set to make annually through 2012.
He loves football, but doesn't know where his future with the game lies.
Reed has every right to take his time in his recovery and make it back on the field only when he's 100 percent ready. He has every right to make a request for a new contract if that's what he feels he deserves.
It would just be nice if he picked one story and stuck with it.