This weekend’s game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers has been called ‘Armageddon’ by Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs but this weekend the black and purple could be without one of their heroes on defense.
The Ravens have decided to let safety Ed Reed decide when it’s the right time to return to the team. Reed is currently in Louisiana, helping his family deal with the recent disappearance of his 29-year-old brother.
On Sunday, Reed was awarded the game ball after the Ravens 30-7 wins over the Chiefs in Kansas City, after deciding to participate in the wild card round and leaving straight after the game to help his family. Now the Ravens have to wait and see how the situation unfolds as to whether or not they will be without their best player on the defensive side of he ball.
“We’ve left that up to Ed,” Harbaugh said. “I know that Ed knows this team inside and out. So I think it’s going to kind of depend on the circumstances down there, what he feels he needs to do with his family. But we’ll give him a lot of leeway.”
Reed’s younger brother, Brian has been missing since Friday after he apparently jumped into the Mississippi River when he was confronted by a deputy sheriff in Louisiana in response to a report of a stolen car. Authorities called off the search over the weekend.
“My older brother called me and told me, ‘Do what you do. You handle your business; we’ll take care of everything over here,’” Reed told ESPN.
Since he entered the league in 2002, no one has more interceptions than Reed with 54. In just ten games this year he led the NFL with eight interceptions.
The Ravens are already an underdog on the road this weekend and Reed is such an important piece their puzzle that it could cost they a trip to the NFC Championship game. However we would almost guarantee that he will not miss ‘Armageddon’!