The hearts of many Ravens fans may have leaped into their throats when seven-time Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed and nose tackle Terrence Cody lay on the turf at Everbank Field for several minutes on the same play in the fourth quarter of the Ravens’ 12-7 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday night.
Reed attracted the most concern because he has been bothered by a nerve impingement in his neck for most of 2009 and a significant portion of 2010.
But both players walked off under their own power and eventually returned to the contest. During his weekly news conference Tuesday, coach John Harbaugh said both players were not seriously injured.
“Cody seems OK. Ed, I think he’s OK,” Harbaugh said. “I think he had a burner, and it was in the other side from where his other issues were. But we’ll see. Those things are a little bit unpredictable. So I don’t want to speak for Ed on that because that’s his, he owns that. But we’ll see how he does. He’s a pretty tough guy. He came back in the game.”
Harbaugh was also asked if he thought wide receiver Lee Evans (left ankle) and left guard Ben Grubbs (strained ligaments in right toe) might return this week for Sunday’s home contest against the Arizona Cardinals.
“As far as Lee and Ben, we’ll just have to see as the week goes on,” Harbaugh said. “I’m at the point now where I’m not even thinking about it until they come back because I think you give those guys a chance to heal fully where they’re not going to be re-injured again. That’s been such a mystery, and it’s still got to heal.”
Finally, Harbaugh said rookie cornerback Jimmy Smith, who made his first appearance Monday night since suffering a high left ankle sprain in the team’s season opener on Sept. 11, was relegated to special teams because he was still dealing with some soreness in the ankle.
“He was gimping around there a little bit in the second half,” Harbaugh. “Also went by how the game went. Ankle’s a little sore, hasn’t had a lot of reps, hadn’t been in on defense that much, tight football game – that probably limited his reps the whole day.”