For Ravens wide receiver and kick returner David Reed, the clock nearly ran out on his attempt to come back from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered last season.
If not for a shoulder injury sustained Sunday by reserve safety Anthony Levine that caused the team to place him on injured reserve, there likely wouldn't have been a roster spot available for Reed to occupy.
This was the final week for Reed to be activated from the reserve-physically unable to perform list.
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"I would have been on injured reserve," Reed said. "It was right there down to the last minute."
Activated on Monday, Reed is grateful to be back after a long, grueling year of rehabilitation exercises.
Man, it's a blessing," Reed said. "I'm so grateful to be back out there again. I got a few games to go. Hopefully, I can do a little bit. I' a football player, I'm going to go out there and give it 110 percent."
Although the Ravens are well-stocked at receiver and at kick returner with Jacoby Jones having a Pro Bowl caliber season with three returns for touchdowns, Reed could potentially contribute on an occasional return and also in kick coverage.
"Jacoby's a beast," Reed said. "He taught me a lot. I've learned so much from him."