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Ray Lewis downplays Ed Reed’s absence from minicamp

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Ravens safety Ed Reed’s decision to skip this week’s minicamp took the Ravens by surprise.

Reed may have been absent from offseason work and doing a Hamlet-esque job of vacillating about his football future, but Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti and coach John Harbaugh were sure he was going to be a participant at the mandatory practices. Reed wasn’t there, though, and that’s left the Ravens to make a decision about whether or not to fine him — Harbaugh only said that the CBA applies on Tuesday — to say nothing of the possibility that this has something to do with Reed’s occasional retirement thoughts.

Linebacker Ray Lewis doesn’t think the Ravens need to worry about Reed being on the field once training camp rolls around. He also doesn’t think anyone needs to worry about Reed not being on the field for this week’s work.

“I’ve talked to him. I talk to him all the time. I don’t expect nothing different. Ed is Ed and when July 25th comes up, Ed will be here and we’ll be getting ready to roll. … People across the world never worry about minicamps or whatever,” Lewis said, via Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun. “Whatever him and coach talked about, they talked about. I don’t think it’s an issue at all. Ed has other things going, a baby boy, and he’s really trying to focus on things like that. Sometimes, life calls you away from the game. These three days won’t take away from what Ed Reed’s focus is, and that is to come back and help our defense be the best defense there is in football. I don’t think it’s an issue at all, not for us.”

It might be an issue for Harbaugh, though. The coach said that he had not communicated with Reed at all, so he can’t very well excuse Reed’s absence at this point even if it is for the family situation that Lewis mentions. That would mean fines, a punitive step the Ravens didn’t take with trying to recover money from Terrell Suggs. They didn’t want to punish Suggs for physical activity away from the team’s facility, but this situation likely calls for a different message.

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23 Responses to “Ray Lewis downplays Ed Reed’s absence from minicamp”
  1. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Jun 13, 2012 8:52 AM

    Ray Lewis down plays murder…

  2. ingraven says: Jun 13, 2012 8:53 AM

    Come on Ed Reed, you are one of the MOST VITAL pieces of our defense. Please come back.

  3. ravenator says: Jun 13, 2012 8:58 AM

    Wow possibly the biggest non story. Expect the Steeler trolls in 3…2…1…

  4. klownboy says: Jun 13, 2012 8:59 AM

    Hmmm,

    Is this the beginning of the end of the Ravens’ D?

  5. 49erstim says: Jun 13, 2012 9:02 AM

    Harbaugh better get in front of this. This undermines any authority he has. Here is the bottom line… This “game” is his “job”. Yes family is important, but one way you put them first is by going to work. Football works a little bit differently than our jobs. They get plenty of time off in the Offseason and only have to work for 10-15 years. Suck it up and go to work. I respect the heck out of Reed by the way. Ballhawk! Great safety! This kind of stuff just irks me. Set the example like an elder statesman should.

  6. steelerfanjo says: Jun 13, 2012 9:15 AM

    Ray Lewis is the biggest scumbag in the NFL – who cares what he says? Ask the two families in Ohio, oh we can’t – they are not allowed to talk.

  7. yeeeeeep says: Jun 13, 2012 9:17 AM

    Cut him…make an example of him. How can he act this way after the year he had, he was a non-factor last season. Now he is a negative factor. Get some new blood in here Ozzie.

  8. ihateravens says: Jun 13, 2012 9:19 AM

    No one wants to play with Flacco

    15th best QB in the league

    31st worse fans in the league

    2nd rate city

  9. richie500 says: Jun 13, 2012 9:28 AM

    Don’t look now, but your Ravens are falling apart!

  10. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 13, 2012 9:36 AM

    What Ray Lewis means is that because Reed is a many year veteran, these mini-camps won’t teach him anything he doesn’t already know. The main camp is the time where they put in the time to practice and get in football shape. Any player with >4 years experience and with the same coaching staff could skip most OTA’s and mini-camps without any loss.

  11. ravenater says: Jun 13, 2012 9:38 AM

    Reed is perfect for our team. He fits in because he is a whiner and complainer. From the owner, to the coach, most of the organization whines and complains. I am ok with that. But I still think we should signed Tim Tebow, who is my hero. Now, I have to go post on all the stories about the Steelers, bye.

    A troll

  12. southpaw2k says: Jun 13, 2012 10:26 AM

    NoPayneNoGain51 says:
    Jun 13, 2012 8:52 AM
    Ray Lewis down plays murder…

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    Oh! I see what you did there! See, Ray Lewis was put on trial in 2000 for a murder for which he was acquitted, so even though OVER 12 YEARS HAVE GONE BY, your joke is still funny and clever! Man, you get the post of the day!

  13. southpaw2k says: Jun 13, 2012 10:28 AM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Jun 13, 2012 9:15 AM
    Ray Lewis is the biggest scumbag in the NFL – who cares what he says? Ask the two families in Ohio, oh we can’t – they are not allowed to talk.

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    Uh huh. Biased much?

    By the way, try telling me with a straight face you wouldn’t have wanted him anchoring your defense for the past 15+ years. I dare you.

  14. ravenator says: Jun 13, 2012 10:35 AM

    Highest form of flattery is imitation, thanks ravenatEr

  15. humbleminded85 says: Jun 13, 2012 10:36 AM

    ihateravens says: Jun 13, 2012 9:19 AM

    No one wants to play with Flacco

    15th best QB in the league

    31st worse fans in the league

    2nd rate city
    —————————————————-
    That’s right little girl, make sure you always say something like that while hiding behind a computer screen!!! ahahahahahahah real tough guy you are ahahahahahahah P.S. This Ravens fan respects the Steelers as a world class team, its a shame that the pure hate in your blood won’t allow you to do the same.

  16. njsteelersfan says: Jun 13, 2012 10:37 AM

    ravenater I didn’t see the Ravens even make it to the big show . There only one team and their fans that can talk and thats the Giants and the Pats or anyother team otherwise it was just another game

  17. upyoursnfu says: Jun 13, 2012 10:39 AM

    The tears of the Ravenator are flooding the filth ridden street of Baltimore. Cry on lil man, cry on.

  18. skoobyfl says: Jun 13, 2012 10:48 AM

    Ed will come around.

  19. tombradyallday says: Jun 13, 2012 10:52 AM

    couple months ago he said he would like a new contract could be part of it

  20. cincyorangenblack says: Jun 13, 2012 11:17 AM

    he isn’t there b/c mini camp stats don’t count toward career totals.

  21. sudz28 says: Jun 13, 2012 11:24 AM

    That’s just Ray taking a stab at the media.

  22. t16rich says: Jun 13, 2012 11:41 AM

    Does Ed Reed really need to attend the practices where hitting is banned anyway? This guy has a young family and has dealt with the death of his brother a year ago. Maybe Ed Reed is starting to realize the importance of enjoying his own life. He will be back and showing Ravens fans why there is no need to worry.

  23. dayumyou says: Jun 13, 2012 12:48 PM

    Typical posts on here….when a Raven doesn’t do something that’s mandatory and a fine-able offense it’s all good and cool BUT when it’s a Jet or a Steeler….well LOOK OUT the team is falling apart….LMAO!!!

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