Inside the Ravens' locker room, there's no debate about the status of Houston Texans free safety Ed Reed for Sunday.
Although he has missed the first two games with a surgically repaired hip, the Ravens expect Reed to play Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium.
"He's going to be out there," said cornerback Lardarius Webb, who was mentored by the nine-time Pro Bowl selection during his tenure in Baltimore. "He's been saving himself for this game, most definitely. It will be strange seeing him on the other side. We all wish he was still here. I know I do."
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The Ravens are already preparing for Reed and his quirky, instinctive style of play as one of the top safeties to play the game.
"I know he's playing," fullback Vonta Leach said. "It's definite he's playing, no question. It's going to be different for the fans here, and also different for Ed.
"Ed played some great football here for a long time and is a future Hall of Famer. Ed will be OK, and we're going to have our hands full."
Quarterback Joe Flacco said he's preparing to see Reed on the field Sunday. Reed, who signed a three-year, $15 million contract in March, has been practicing for the past two weeks.
“I’m hearing that he’s going to play," Flacco said. "Obviously, he’s a good player back there, and we understand what he can do, but you can’t let him dictate the whole game plan.
"Maybe a couple plays here and there, but you just have to make sure that you go out there and play your game and play smart and go through your reads, run routes well and all that stuff. Just like any other good player, they may make their plays; we just have to make sure we limit them.”