David Reed hoping to return after three weeks off

Stuck on the sidelines for the Ravens' last three games because of a wrist injury, rookie wide receiver/kickoff returner David Reed says he's getting closer to returning to action.

"It's getting there," Reed said today. "It's good. It's back."

Reed says his wrist is "getting close" to 100 percent, and while he's optimistic about his chances of suiting up for this Saturday's Divisional Round game against the Steelers, he said it will come down to the coaches and training staff to make a final decision on whether he can play.

"I don't know," he said. "It's still up in the air right now."

Reed finished the regular season as the NFL's top kickoff returner, averaging 29.3 yards per return. He had an 84-yarder against the Panthers and a franchise-record 103-yard kick return for a touchdown against the Texans in Week 14.

He's been wearing a brace over the left wrist in practice the last couple weeks, and said he's been getting more comfortable catching kicks and handling the ball with the brace on.

On Monday, head coach John Harbaugh said that if Reed continued to progress, he's got a good shot at playing on Saturday.

"I think David can go," Harbaugh said. "He's getting better at catching the ball and stuff. He made a lot of progress last week."

Running back Jalen Parmele has been handling the kickoff returns in Reed's absence, and he's held his own, averaging 25.5 yards per run-back the last four games.

The Steelers have a very solid kickoff coverage unit, allowing an average of just 20 yards per return.

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