Despite a painful left shoulder strain that makes it difficult for him to put on his clothes or move too quickly, wide receiver and kick returner David Reed said surgery is a last-ditch option that he’s trying to avoid.
“We’re trying not to go for surgery because that would mean that I would be out longer,” he said prior to Wednesday’s practice. “I’m trying to avoid that as much as possible. Hopfeully, it will just settle down after a week, and I’ll be able to start strengthening it and everything.”
Reed, whose left arm is in a sling, said he suffered the injury when an unidentified Tennessee Titans player delivered what Reed called “a cheap shot” during a kick return that was downed in the end zone in the fourth quarter. (Said Reed: “It was after the whistle blew and everything.”)
The setback is the latest in a long line of obstacles that Reed has had to deal with. A torn ligament in his left wrist prevented him from suiting up for the team’s final four games last season, and he sat out the season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers after serving a one-game suspension for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Reed, who said he is aiming to return after the Ravens’ bye week in time for the home contest against the Houston Texans on Oct. 16, sounded frustrated at another derailment.
“This is the most injuries I’ve ever had in my life,” he said. “I was never an injury-prone guy. It’s very upsetting. I’ve just got to pray on it. And it’s part of the game, too. It’s a rough game. I’ve just got to keep playing.”