The Ravens have had some notable absences from this week's mandatory mini-camp, but the one that stands out above all is Ed Reed.
Considering Reed made comments earlier this offseason that he might not be fully committed to football, that absence might send up red flags. But Ravens coach John Harbaugh is taking it in stride even though he hasn't talked to the star safety.
"Not to make too much out of it, I have tremendous respect for Ed. I've used the word admiration," Harbaugh said Wednesday. "I'm not worried about Ed being ready. I said a couple weeks ago that I know Ed's going to be working hard to get himself ready for the season.
"Any comment beyond that really has no value, but I value our friendship, I value our relationship, I value him as a player and I'm going to plan as if he's going to be here and ready to go. Whatever's going on, Ed knows how to deal with it."
In other news, quarterback Joe Flacco didn't practice Wednesday because his wife went into labor with the couple's first child.
"Joe got the call this morning. Obviously the labor started and Joe was high-tailing up the road there to Philly to be with Dana and I wish him nothing but the best," Harbaugh said. "They don't know if it's going to be a boy or girl, so we're all going to find out at not exactly the same time.
"That will be fun to see. All the best to them."