Ed Reed's health in doubt, but his jock remains very heavy

We were awash in reports yesterday that Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed(notes) would be starting the season on the Physically Unable to Perform List, but today, Reed says any such reports are premature.

Via Jason La Canfora at NFL.com, Reed's advisor Brian Davis had this to say:

"We have no idea when he's ready to return," Davis said. "Anyone who is saying he will miss six weeks, that's just not true. We don't know at this point.

"He could be back before or after. We just don't know. It's too soon to say. He could be back Week 1 or he could miss the entire season. I seriously doubt he would miss the entire year, but the reality is it's all still up in the air right now."

The playmaking lynchpin of the Ravens defense had surgery on a torn labrum in his hip, and is unsure of when he'll be ready to rock. The recovery process isn't always smooth and predictable. Some guys, you can count on getting healthy right around the end of training camp. Some guys just don't know.

Also not so smooth right now: Reed's relationship with the Ravens. Via Aaron Wilson at the National Football Post, Reed said yesterday that he doesn't feel like the Ravens have been on his side.

"I haven't had the support from the other side as you think has been there," Reed said. "If I don't say it now, it won't ever get said . It's like a marriage. There are going to be disagreements.

"You got to work with that person. When it starts to get too much, you got to pull back: 'Is it worth it? Or should I take a pay cut and be on another team?"

He wouldn't go into specifics about where the Ravens have failed him, but he did mention that the team didn't respond favorably to a request he made for a new contract last season.

"The word I got was, 'We're comfortable with where we're at,'" Reed said. "Yes, you would be comfortable with the plays that I'm making on the field and paying me what you're paying me. .. There are six, seven players in front of me at my position [in terms of money] that I honestly wouldn't let hold my jock, and I don't even wear one.'"

I don't think you should let anyone hold your imaginary jock, Ed Reed. For one thing, it's unsanitary, and you should also probably be a little skeptical of anyone who asks to do such a thing.

To me, Reed is the best and most valuable player on a still-excellent Ravens defense, so if he can't suit up for six or more games of the regular season, it puts a huge dent in their AFC North Division title hopes. And when he does come back, if he doesn't do so happily, that's even worse news for the Ravens.

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