By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
2:29 PM EDT, November 1, 2012
Now that numerous setbacks in his recovery from a strained right calf are behind him, Jah Reid is poised to finally contribute to the Ravens' offensive line on a reserve basis.
The former third-round draft pick has been practicing regularly at left guard this week and is preparing to potentially rotate in behind veteran starter Bobbie Williams on Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. It's unclear how much playing time that would entail for Reid, though.
"To feel healthy and get on the field, it's great and I'm excited," said Reid, who was inactive for the first seven games. "My leg feels good, it feels 100 percent. I think I'll be fine. I've practiced quite a bit and I'm ready to get on the field and do my job.
"I've been working all this time that I've been out. I like playing guard. You're close to the center, you hear the calls and you get to go up against the bigger guys."
Prior to the bye, Ravens coach John Harbaugh indicated that younger linemen like Reid would be worked into the lineup. The Ravens aren't expected to shuffle their starting lineup, though.
"Yeah, we got some guys that can get in there and rotate around," rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele said. "Jah's back, and that will be good that he can get in there."
Reid was carted off the field during a June minicamp when he first hurt his leg. The 6-foot-7, 330-pounder aggravated the injury shortly before training camp and twice after being activated from the physically unable to perform list.
"Yeah, Jah was hurt and they got him out there now," Williams said. "He's getting a chance to go in and he's going hard and going fast."
Although Reid's presence could possibly cut into his playing time, Williams said he isn't opposed to sharing the workload.
"Whatever the coaches decide to do, we roll with it," he said. "Whatever it is, I'm pretty sure it's been well thought out and could benefit the team."
Before dismissing the players for the bye, the Ravens utilized their practice time to try to build depth and positional flexibility by having offensive linemen practice at unfamiliar positions.
That included having Osemele take some snaps at left tackle even though Michael Oher is fairly entrenched there. It's unlikely the Ravens would have Osemele play there in a game unless it was an emergency situation.
"During the bye week we switched a lot of guys around," said Osemele, who added that his sprained right ankle has improved markedly since getting hurt against the Houston Texans. "I was at left tackle during the bye week. We worked on every different scenario. Not saying we're going to throw guys in different spots, but we're working on worst-case scenarios."