Ed Reed might not step foot on a football field until at least seven weeks into the regular season.
According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, Reed will be placed on the Reserve Physically Unable to Perform list, meaning the Ravens' six-time Pro Bowl safety will have to sit out at least the first six games of the season.
Reed underwent offseason reconstructive surgery on his hip, and he has yet to be physically cleared to practice. Regardless of where Reed is in his rehab at this point (and it's unknown exactly how close to full health he is), the Ravens will likely play it safe with the former Defensive Player of the Year.
The question is, if Reed needs to miss the first four or five games of the season, would the Ravens want to keep him on the active roster and burn a spot on a player who they know won't play?
Apparently, the answer is no. Assuming La Canfora's report is accurate, the Ravens will opt to use the roster space on a healthy player, and will wait for Reed to return to full health sometime in October or November.
UPDATE: The report is accurate. Reed will go on PUP to start the season and is out at least the first six games.