When the Kansas City Chiefs welcome the Baltimore Ravens to Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, it looks like safety Ed Reed will be right in the middle of the action despite a rib injury, according to head coach John Harbaugh.
“He’s getting treatment and all that,” Harbaugh said Monday. “I’d be surprised if he’s not ready to go, but you never know.”
Reed, who finished the regular season leading the NFL in interceptions with eight despite spending the first six weeks on the Ravens’ physically-unable-to-perform list, said he was asked at halftime to refrain from playing, but he declined. That didn’t shock Harbaugh.
“Ed’s that kind of guy. He’s going to play,” Harbaugh said. “He was urged to come out of the game at one point – very strongly by the head coach. He was ordered out at one point, but that’s who he is. He’s just a courageous guy. I’m sure he could’ve finished the game.”
There have been people saying Eric Berry could eventually have an Ed Reed-type impact on the Chiefs defense and unfortunately it looks like we’ll get to see just what that entails on Sunday. All Reed does is make plays, it’s amazing. No matter how much an opposing offense tries to prevent him from getting involved he finds a way to get his hands on the ball.
After sitting out those first six weeks, Reed picked off two passes his first game back and then he had two in each of the final two games of the season to finish strong. And to make matters worse for Kansas City, Reed shows up in big games. The veteran has registered six interceptions over his last six playoff games.
The Ravens cornerbacks can be had, but stay away from Ed Reed, Matt Cassel. Stay far, far away.