Reed, who considered retiring after the 2009 season, instead opted for surgery and rehab to fix a torn labrum and related damage. Today, he joined Gary Williams and Glenn Younes of Sirius Mad Dog Radio to talk about the procedure.
“It’s still a long slow process, you know, and I try to do some strengthening stuff to strengthen it right now and I know it’s just weak but I mean, yeah, I had to have reconstructive surgery,” Reed said. “They had to go in and reconstruct my whole hip. They took about [six or seven] inches from my IT band, replaced my labrum that I tore. They went in in two spots, so I mean it’s a slow process. Plus I have other injuries that, you know, really probably had an effect on causing this that I have to pay attention to also. So I’m just taking my time.
“I want to come back. I want to be ready for the first game but I don’t know how soon that would happen, how soon I would be back. You know, we’re gonna continue to do the things to try and get back and at least play this year for the fans, man, cause they’ve been hounding me, man. They’ve been asking me, ‘Are you gonna play? Are you coming back? I would love to see you play at least one more year.’ So hopefully we got at least one more in us.”
So will there be a full “one more” or only part of a “one more”?
“Well, it’s a four to six month process to getting yourself back to 100 percent, to get yourself in shape to start working out for a season,” Reed said. “It’s a year-long process of getting back to 100 percent. I don’t want to come back too early, man, and injure myself again.”
It also sounds as if some friction may have arisen between player and team regarding the handling of the hip injury, especially since the surgery didn’t happen until April.
“You know, there’s some business stuff out there, you know, dealing with the team and dealing with the organization for a long time and, you know, taking care of things the way I’ve taken care of things for my surgery and, you know, seeing doctors without really their consent or talking to them much,” Reed said. “I told them about the surgery and made sure I made them aware. But just dealing with those organizational business things, you know, some of those things have to be taken care of also. So my percentage, I honestly couldn’t tell you right now. My doctors were excited with my progress. I’m on my off week right now. They didn’t have me working out this week so it’s been great but, you know, I don’t know, man. I could be at least a good 35 percent right now, man. But I’m walking so that’s a huge thing. I’m walking and messing with my kids this week. You know, I even had to do a little running but nothing major where I had any pain.”
If there’s friction, it possibly comes in part from the fact that Reed finished the year by playing with a bad hip — and by making the situation worse.
“I mean, I played the last couple of games with a torn labrum and just messed my hip up worse, you know, going back out there and doing things the way I was able to do things,” Reed said. “It was at a high level but, you know, [I] don’t want to go back and play in pain, man, and don’t want it to be weak at all. So that’s gonna play a big part in what I’m doing.”
It sounds like Reed has a long way to go before he’ll be ready to practice and play. Whether that happens before Week 1 of the 2010 season, when the Ravens face the Jets in the new Meadowlands Stadium, remains to be seen.