Baltimore Ravens All-Pro free safety Ed Reed has spent most of the previous two off seasons recovering from surgeries as his body seemed to be breaking down with career-threatening injuries. In 2010, he had hip surgery that kept him out of the first six games of the regular season. Amazingly, he still was able to lead the NFL with eight interceptions while playing in only the final ten games of the regular season.
However, for the first time in years, he did not go under the knife and seems to be healthier right now than he has been in at least three years. The threat of the NFL Lockout might actually allow him further time to rest his 32 year old body tht has a lot more mileage on it than just ten NFL seasons. In fact, according to the National Football Post, Reed says he could play right now if he had to.
This is great news for all Ravens fans, as well as his teammates and coaches. A well rested and healthy Ed Reed will only make the Ravens defense as formidable as it has been during his tenure patrolling center field in the secondary and the knowledge that he can be there for 16 games in 2011 is a very encouraging sign for the team's chances in what should surely be another chance to get Reed an opportunity strut his stuff in the Super Bowl before his almost-certain Hall of Fame career comes to an end.