By Edward Lee
6:00 AM EDT, October 21, 2011
David Reed returned for the Ravens’ 29-14 victory over the Houston Texans last Sunday, but the wide receiver/kick returner was limited to kick- and punt-coverage duties.
On Wednesday, Reed said he’s ready to do more.
“I didn’t do much the last game as they’re easing me back into it,” he said. “But I’m back now and full go.”
On Monday, coach John Harbaugh said Reed and Bryan McCann, who returned two kickoffs for 53 yards against Houston, would compete for the right to return kicks. Reed said he welcomed the challenge.
“I’m always welcoming competition,” he said. “That makes me go even harder and do better.”
A source said that Reed, who led the NFL with a 29.3-yard average as a rookie last season, will re-assume his role as the team’s primary kick returner.
Reed had suffered a left shoulder strain in the team’s 26-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans on Sept. 18, but he said the shoulder is fully healthy.
Reed conceded that he was disappointed by the decision to have McCann return kicks against the Texans.
“Yeah, I was, a little bit,” Reed said. “But it’s all in the best interest of the team. Coach [Jerry Rosburg, who heads the special teams] will make the final decisions and make the right ones.”
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