By Edward Lee
6:00 AM EST, January 13, 2012
Fully vested into his 10th year in the NFL, Ed Reed is still waiting for his first Super Bowl title.
But the Ravens free safety isn’t concerning himself about whether an 11th season is on the horizon.
“I’m taking this one game at a time, taking this in stride,” he said Thursday. “The only thing I’m worrying about right now is this game, this year.”
Reduced productivity and injuries have added more fire to the speculation that Reed’s decision could depend on the team’s results in the postseason. But the eight-time Pro Bowler said he was prepared to play last weekend if the Ravens hadn’t beaten the Cincinnati Bengals in the regular-season finale to clinch the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the AFC.
“I’m ready to go, man,” Reed said. “I didn’t want a week off last week. I wanted to play some football because it’s just that time. You’re hungry, you’re eager to play, but we understood that we had a bye week. That’s what we prepared for all season, to get to that point to be the No. 1 or No. 2 seed that had a bye week, to have somebody come here to Baltimore and try to play us. We’re right here where we wanted to be. So now it’s the next step, and Houston is that.”
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