Ravens fans held their collective breath Monday night when they saw safety Ed Reed writhing around on the turf in obvious pain after taking a hit to the shoulder area.
Reed had to leave the game against the Jaguars for a brief time, but after getting checked out by team doctors, he returned to action. Turns out, Reed just suffered a stinger, and the Ravens feel that their All-Pro safety escaped without serious injury.
"Ed, I think he's OK," said head coach John Harbaugh, who also said nose tackle Terrence Cody appears OK after getting injured on the same play as Reed. "I think (Reed) had a burner, and it was on the other side from where his other issues were. But, we'll see. Those things are a little bit unpredictable, so I don't want to speak for Ed on that because that's his. He owns that. We'll see how he does. He is a pretty tough guy - I know that. He came back in the game."
Reed has dealt with a neck impingement for the last couple seasons, an injury which at times has been incredibly painful for the 10-year veteran. The hope is that because this latest ailment is on the opposite side of his previous neck/shoulder injury, Reed won't be limited too much going forward.
The Ravens had hoped to get Jimmy Smith some playing time in the secondary alongside Reed on Monday night, but instead, the rookie cornerback was limited to special teams action. Smith had missed the last five games with an ankle injury, and apparently still isn't fully healthy.
"His ankle started getting a little bit sore," Harbaugh said. "He was kind of gimping around a little bit in the second half. But also, I think by the way the game went... You know, ankle is a little sore, hasn't had a lot of reps, hasn't been in defense that much, tight football game. That probably limited his reps a little bit."
Meanwhile, Harbaugh didn't have any new information on wide receiver Lee Evans and Ben Grubbs, who are still battling lingering injuries. Evans has missed the last four games with an ankle injury, while Grubbs has sat out the last five contests with a toe injury.
"We'll just have to see as the week goes on," Harbaugh said. "I'm to the point now where I am not even thinking about it until they come back, because I think you give those guys a chance to heal fully where they are not going to get injured again. That's been a little bit of a mystery, and we just have to let it heal."