The Ravens’ 31-24 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday was the first time David Reed had been a healthy scratch since Oct. 24, 2010 against the Buffalo Bills. It’s a scenario that Reed is hoping doesn’t become a habit.

“I want to play,” Reed said after Monday evening’s practice. “I don’t like feeling like that. I want to contribute any way I can to the team. Not being able to play definitely hurt, and I want to try to avoid that.”

Reed, who had his kick return duties stripped from him after fumbling three times in his previous two games and losing two in a 22-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 13, said he fully understands why he was deactivated.

“I let the team down,” Reed said. “I have to prove that I’m a player and that I can make plays and help this team win on Sundays in order to be active.”