Baltimore Ravens star free safety Ed Reed reiterated that he’s still not completely recovered from the surgical hip procedure he had last year as well as a nerve impingement in his neck that has plagued him for the past few seasons.
"I’m still not 100 percent," Reed told the New Orleans Times-Picayune while back in Louisiana for his annual football camp. "But I’m 100 percent mentally at this point as far as everything I can do. I know my limitations. I still have a lot of work to do before the season starts."
The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year missed the first six games last season on the physically unable to perform list.
However, he intercepted eight passes in the last 10 games.
Earlier this offseason, the All-Pro safety said at a charity event in Aberdeen that he won’t have any surgeries to repair the torn hip labrum he suffered two years ago.
"I don’t think anything will have to be done, but you never know going forward because that’s how it was last year," Reed said. "I was rehabbing and working out and it just kept bothering me. Stuff could come up, but right now, I feel good. If we had to play right now, I could go for it."
The seven-time Pro Bowl selection had a stellar season after returning from the hip injury and wasn’t bothered as much as years past by a painful nerve impingement that affects his neck and shoulder.
"I’m still rehabbing my hip because it was a year-long process," Reed said. "I came back earlier than I was supposed to, but my doctors and trainers with the team helped me make sure I stayed in shape.
"Me staying up on my treatments, acupuncture, everything that I had to do, the stuff that you never see, has helped maintain. Years of taking care of yourself helps you maintain."
Aaron Wilson covers the Baltimore Ravens for the Carroll County Times