The Baltimore were without starting strong safety James
Ihedigbo and wide receiver David Reed during yesterday’s practice session. Ihedigbo
was sidelined due to a neck ailment, while Reed was held out with a groin
injury, according to Aaron Wilson of The Baltimore Sun.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh downplayed both injuries, noting
that Ihedigbo was being given a rest and saying that Reed’s ailment was “nothing
"We're just giving James a rest on the neck,"
Harbaugh said. "He kind of tweaked it a little bit, a little strain in
there. In those special-teams drills, he goes pretty hard there. I wanted to
back him off a little bit. Nothing serious with David. I think he had a little
bit of a groin, just resting him."
The Ravens signed Ihedigbo this offseason after he spent
last year with the New England Patriots. Baltimore will ask him to step in at
strong safety after parting ways with last year’s regular at the position,
Bernard Pollard. The Ravens will look extremely new in the secondary in 2013,
as beyond Pollard they also lost Ed Reed and Cary Williams this offseason.
David Reed was only targeted six times last season,
resulting in five catches for 66 yards. However, the speedy wide out will be counted
on more this year, as the Ravens are looking for players to step up beyond Tory
Smith with the exit of veteran Anquan Boldin and the loss of tight end Dennis
Pitta for the season due to injury.
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