D. Reed placed on injured reserve

The Ravens have placed wide receiver/kick returner David Reed on injured reserve with a knee injury, ending his season.

The team has not yet announced a corresponding roster move.

Reed suffered the injury while returning a kickoff in the third quarter of Saturday's win over the Browns. His left knee buckled, and an MRI was expected to reveal that Reed tore his ACL.

If it is, in fact, an ACL tear, Reed's status for the beginning of next season is in question.

That kick return against Cleveland marked Reed's first since he reclaimed the Ravens' kickoff return job, making the timing of the injury all the more frustrating for the second-year man out of Utah.

A 2010 fifth-round pick, Reed led the NFL in kickoff return average as a rookie, but injuries and ball security issues led to an up-and-down sophomore season. He finishes the campaign having averaged 29.7 yards per return with a long of 77.

Reed fell out of favor with a large portion of the fan base after he lost two fumbles in a Week 10 loss to the Seahawks, but his injury will hurt the Ravens down the stretch. Reed was far and away the team's most explosive kick returner, and the coaching staff seemed confident that he had put his fumbling issues behind him.

The kickoff return duties will now likely fall to safety Tom Zbikowski, who is sure-handed, but lacks the speed and open-field playmaking ability that Reed often flashed on special teams.

Zbikowski has averaged 23.2 yards on nine kick returns this season.

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