Originally posted on Ravens Football Machine  |  Last updated 1/4/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Ed Reed #20 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on against the New England Patriots during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
Believe it or not, talking heads and bloggers who should know better are suggesting the Ravens line up on January 15 for their playoff game in Baltimore without Ed Reed at free safety.The reasoning of these not-in-the-know critics is Reed is possibly in his last year in the NFL, and has missed or avoided a bunch of tackles over the past few games.  Of course, Reed's been playing while protecting a nasty stinger injury to his neck and shoulder... something he's been doing for the better half of his Hall of Fame career.And in a must-win game, you want Ed Reed at free safety.. trust me.Ryan Mink does a nice piece on this subject at BaltimoreRavens.com.  Only he includes Ray Lewis in the discussion, too.  Amazingly, some Baltimore pundits are suggesting Ray should skip the playoffs, too.On Wednesday, Lewis and Head Coach John Harbaugh dismissed such chatter. “They are great players playing great, right now,” Harbaugh said. “There wouldn’t be two other guys at their position in the leag...
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