Harbaugh indicates Ravens won't pursue Ed Reed (plus injury report)

Ed Reed might be a free agent, but coach John Harbaugh gave a strong indication Wednesday that the longtime Ravens safety won't be back with his old team.

Harbaugh did express warm feelings toward Reed, but said that there isn't a place for him on Baltimore's defense.

"Ed's just a Raven. He'll always be a Raven. I'm sure he'll be in the Ring of Honor someday and I'm sure he'll be in the Hall of Fame someday," Harbaugh said. "We've kept in touch with Ed on and off here regularly. He's a good friend of everybody here. And there's no plans to change our secondary personnel at this time. We're happy with what we have. The guys are playing well, so that's where we're at."

At safety, the Ravens have James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam performing at a high level. In his first year as a full-time starter, the 29-year-old Ihedigbo is tied for the team lead with two interceptions to go with 55 tackles, a career-high seven passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. In his first season, Elam has 35 tackles and two passes defensed.

Linebacker Jameel McClain didn't envision the Texans ever letting Reed go.

"It is surprising. It's really surprising to some extent, knowing the player that Ed is and what he brings to a team and what he does," McClain said. "So it's surprising and then it's not because every time, this game shows me something that I didn't expect at all."

Linebacker Terrell Suggs didn't want to speak in-depth about the situation, not knowing what happened behind closed doors in the Texans' locker room. But he didn't see it coming either.

"It's a shock. It's a stunner," Suggs said.

Update: Defensive tackle Haloti Ngata (knee), linebacker Daryl Smith (thigh) and cornerback Lardarius Webb (groin) sat out practice Wednesday.

Safety James Ihedigbo (toe) and cornerback Jimmy Smith (groin) were limited participants, while tailback Bernard Pierce (toe/knee) and wideout Brandon Stokley (thigh) practiced fully.

The Bears have already officially ruled out linebacker Lance Briggs (shoulder) and quarterback Jay Cutler (ankle) for Sunday's game.

Ed Reed might be a free agent, but coach John Harbaugh gave a strong indication Wednesday that the longtime Ravens safety won't be back with his old team.

Harbaugh did express warm feelings toward Reed, but expressed that there isn't a place for him on Baltimore's defense.

"Ed's just a Raven. He'll always be a Raven. I'm sure he'll be in the Ring of Honor someday and I'm sure he'll be in the Hall of Fame someday," Harbaugh said. "We've kept in touch with Ed on and off here regularly. He's a good friend of everybody here. And there's no plans to change our secondary personnel at this time. We're happy with what we have. The guys are playing well, so that's where we're at."

At safety, the Ravens have James Ihedigbo and Matt Elam performing at a high level. In his first year as a full-time starter, the 29-year-old Ihedigbo is tied for the team lead with two interceptions to go with 55 tackles, a career-high seven passes defensed and two fumble recoveries. In his first season, Elam has 35 tackles and two passes defensed.

Linebacker Jameel McClain was surprised that Reed was let go by the Texans after spending his whole careers before 2013 playing on the same defense as the safety.

"It is surprising. It's really surprising to some extent, knowing the player that Ed is and what he brings to a team and what he does," McClain said. "So it's surprising and then it's not because every time, this game shows me something that I didn't expect at all."

Linebacker Terrell Suggs didn't want to discuss Reed in depth because he doesn't know what happened behind closed doors in the Texans' locker room, but also didn't see it coming.

"It's a shock. It's a stunner," Suggs said.