Ed Reed is not on the field participating in the first day of the Ravens’ three-day mandatory minicamp, spurring even more questions about the mercurial safety’s desire to play in 2012.
Reed, the eight-time Pro Bowl selection who is entering the final year of his contract, has expressed some discontent with the Ravens on several occasions this offseason, and has yet to fully commit to playing this coming season though team officials have said that they expect to have him.
An hour into practice, there was no sign of left tackle Bryant McKinnie, center Matt Birk and defensive lineman Pernell McPhee. Rookie running back Bernard Pierce, the team’s third-round pick, left the workout limping.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh will speak to reporters following the afternoon workout and he’ll undoubtedly be asked about Reed’s absence. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti told The Sun on Friday that while he hadn’t communicated recently with Reed, he expected him to participate in this week’s minicamp.
Unless his absence was cleared by the team -- and that’s certainly a possibility -- Reed, 33, could be subject to a fine for not showing up. According to the collective bargaining agreement, players under contract could be fined more than $70,000 for blowing off the mandatory three-day mini-camp.
Running back Ray Rice, who also isn’t participating, cannot be fined because he has yet to sign his franchise tender for the 2012 season.