On Friday, Ravens safety Ed Reed created a bit of a stir when he recently said he’s “not 100 percent committed” to playing football this coming season.
Reed backed off those comments later in the day, releasing a statement that said his “goal is to play football in the years to come.”
Ravens coach John Harbaugh addressed the situation for the first time after Wednesday’s organized team activity, saying he expects Reed to play in 2012.
“Ed is a guy that I really trust and really, really care about and believe in. So there’s been no indication that he’s not going to play this year as far as I’m concerned,” Harbaugh said. “But I don’t worry about Ed. Ed, he’s a mature guy, he’s a superstar, he’s a first-ballot Hall of Famer and he’s a leader. And Ed will be here. We’re counting on him being here.”
Harbaugh didn’t seem bothered by the specifics of Reed’s comment, that he isn’t “committed” to playing football.
“What does he really mean by that? I think he’s talking about the offseason - I think,” Harbaugh said. “He’s got a lot of things going on. It’s what he said and he’s working on the personal things. I guarantee you he’s training. I guarantee you he’s getting ready for the season. That’s just Ed.”
In other news, Harbaugh provided a mini-update on linebacker Terrell Suggs, who’s recovering from surgery to repair a partially torn Achilles’ tendon. The coach said Suggs hasn’t yet begun rehab, but will soon.
“The situation is there’s a certain time you’ve got to let the scar to heal, the wound heal, and that kind of thing,” Harbaugh said. “The rehab doesn’t start until all the healing takes place. He’s going to have a doctor’s appointment here I think the first week of the mini-camp. Then he’s going to come up here and then will start the rehab back home.”