Ed Reed Has Been Playing Hurt, Shoulder Just ‘Hanging on’
Wondering why Ed Reed hasn’t been making the kinds of plays we’re use to seeing from him? Maybe it’s because the Ravens safety has been severely bothered by a shoulder injury lately.
Reed told reporter Jamison Henley that he’s been struggling with the injury.
“I had a stinger hurt me this year so bad in my right shoulder to where now it has affected my deltoid (muscle in the shoulder) and my scapula,” Reed says. “My shoulder has just been hanging on the last couple of weeks. You could see how it has affected me for the most part. I think I’ve missed one tackle for four games straight, one in each game.”
Even if Reed takes chances in pass coverage trying to go for interceptions, he’s usually a reliable tackler. That hasn’t been the case. For instance, he missed a tackle on Bernard Scott in the season finale against the Bengals. You figure that many players are playing through injuries in the playoffs, but some are worse than others. Sounds like Reed’s is keeping him from being the Pro Bowl player he usually is.