Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 10/18/12

It seems every year there’s a handful of teams who get bitten by the injury bug. One of the victims in 2012 has been the Baltimore Ravens, who’ve lost three key cogs in their defense: cornerback Lardarius Webb and linebackers Terrell Suggs and Ray Lewis.
If that’s not bad enough, there’s a chance Ed Reed could be next.
In a radio interview Wednesday (via the Baltimore Sun), the Ravens’ All-World safety revealed that he’s playing through a torn shoulder labrum, and the injury might be negatively affecting his play.
Reed wouldn’t say when or how he injured his shoulder. Aside from a minor thigh ailment in Week 2, he’s yet to appear on the team’s injury report, which is bizarre. It’s highly unlikely Reed would lie about such a thing, and coach John Harbaugh isn’t known to skew any potential injuries (a la Bill Belichick).
In any case, Baltimore can ill afford to lose Reed, who, like Lewis, still provides an invaluable spark of veteran leadership and guidance, despite losing a step or two.
During the offseason, Reed played his usual see-saw game with the subject of retirement. One week he’d fail to commit to his team, while another he’d express desire to suit up for another half decade. He’s went on record as saying he deserves to be given a new contract, but that certainly won’t happen if limps into 2013, recovering from a major shoulder injury.
If he really is injured, Reed’s in a bit of a jackpot. And, by association, the Ravens are, too.

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