Ravens optimistic E. Reed, Oher will play versus Chiefs

A day after seven-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed suffered a rib injury in the Ravens’ win over the Bengals, head coach John Harbaugh said that he expects Reed to be able to play in the team’s first-round playoff game against the Chiefs.

“He’s getting treatment and all that,” Harbaugh said. “I’ll be surprised if he’s not ready to go, but you never know.”

Reed said after the game yesterday that someone with the Ravens was urging him to come out of the game at halftime after he had suffered the injury in the first half.

Instead, he played through the injury for another full quarter before Harbaugh told him to have a seat.

“Ed’s that kind of guy, he’s going to play,” Harbaguh said. “He was urged to come out of the game very strongly by the head coach. He was ordered out. But that’s who he is. He’s just a courageous guy. I’m sure he could have finished the game.”

Meanwhile, left tackle Michael Oher, who reinjured his right knee in the third quarter yesterday and did not return, will also have to be monitored closely this week.

Oher said after the game that he probably could have played through the injury if needed, indicating that he wasn’t severely banged up. Harbaugh said the Ravens believe that to be the case a day after the injury.

“I haven’t talked to him today, but I think Bill (Tessendorf, head athletic trainer) thinks he’s OK,” Harbaugh said. “We’ll just have to see how he responds. I’m sure he’s going to be sore.”

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