The painful shoulder strain David Reed suffered Sunday in Tennessee makes it difficult for him to put on his clothes or move too quickly, let alone play football.
Reed, 24, says surgery is a last resort and is doing everything possible to avoid it:
“We’re trying not to go for surgery because that would mean that I would be out longer,” he said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “I’m trying to avoid that as much as possible. Hopfeully, it will just settle down after a week, and I’ll be able to start strengthening it and everything.”
Reed’s left arm is in a sling, and the injury occurred when a unidentified Tennessee Titans player delivered what Reed called “a cheap shot” during a touchback in the fourth quarter.
This is just the latest setback for Reed. Last season, a torn ligament in his wrist caused Reed to miss the team’s final four regular season games, and in the Ravens’ season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Reed was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Both, Reed and the Ravens are aiming for a week six return when the Ravens welcome the upstart Houston Texans to town.