Reed enjoys return to Baltimore despite loss

Reed enjoys return to Baltimore despite loss
September 23, 2013, 10:30 am
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Ed Reed on his return to Baltimore

In his return to Baltimore, Ed Reed was greeted with fans chanting his name as he made his debut with his new team.

Everything was awesome outside of losing the game,” Reed said. “Coming back, seeing some of the players, coaches, family members who I’ve been around for years. It was great, but it was also a time to focus and try to get myself acclimated to this game.”

Reed played the first 11 seasons of his career in Baltimore where the nine-time Pro Bowler helped his team to a Super Bowl win in February before signing with the Texans in March. He had arthroscopic hip surgery in April and missed all of the team's offseason workouts. Reed traveled with the team to their season opener in San Diego two weeks ago and told Texans head coach Gary Kubiak he could play in Week 2 against the Titans, but Kubiak chose to be cautious and not play him.

On Sunday, Reed finally returned to game action on a limited basis in the Texans' 30-9 loss to the Ravens. He didn't see many balls come his way, and he finished with three tackles.

It felt good moving around,” Reed said. “I didn’t want to come out but that’s my nature, but at the same time I had to be smart. We had a plan from the jump for me to not take a certain amount of plays. I still have a lot of rehab that I will continue to do to get myself prepared for the long haul.”

Even though it was a joyous return for Reed, it was also a frustrating one. The Texans' offense was stagnant and gave up a pick-six while special teams allowed a punt return for a touchdown, and the team committed 14 penalties for 113 yards, prompting the veteran to provide simple words of wisdom.

It was tough but at the same time it’s a growing experience,” Reed said. “We can’t push any of our mistakes under the rug. It’s just about execution as players. We have to go out there and execute the game plan that we put together, and we have to be disciplined about it. As a defense, we've got to get better.”

Even after Reed's old team got the best of his new team, his former coach and teammates showed him the love.

Coach [John] Harbaugh came up to me and said, 'You still got it,' and I know coach and the players have a lot of respect for me, and the feeling is mutual.”

One of Reed's former teammates was linebacker Ray Lewis, who is now an analyst for ESPN. Lewis was also in Baltimore on Sunday for his induction into the Ravens' Ring of Honor at halftime. Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs suggested Reed waited to start this game to ruin Lewis' return.

"I know the guy's a weirdo," Reed said of Suggs. "He made a comment about me coming back trying to play this game and make interceptions, rain on Ray's parade, and that wasn’t the case.

I came here to give my heart to this organization, to the city, and I will do that.”