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Finally, some Reed comments to feel good about

Ed Reed notoriously shies away from reporters, though lately, when he has gotten around a microphone, the star safety hasn't been the least bit shy. Thankfully, when Reed talked to reporters Thursday at the Ravens' training facility in Owings Mills, he made no bizarre demands.

Instead, he actually gave Ravens fans some pretty encouraging news. Reed said he is itching to get out on the field and is still on track to return in October. And if it were up to him, he'd return sooner.

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"I was scheduling myself to be back the first game," Reed said. "As an organization, as a player … we thought the best thing would be to give it a couple more weeks. We didn't know how many weeks it was going to take for me to get fully back, even after this six weeks. But, like coach said, it's going to be hard to hold me back these next couple weeks."

Reed claims he called the NFLPA in an effort to get his stint on the PUP list reduced (apparently he's unfamiliar with how the process works). Still, knowing that Reed is on schedule and champing at the bit to return to the football field is great news for the Ravens and their title aspirations.

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Tom Zbikowski played well in Reed's absence on Monday — except for that cringe-inducing punt return — but I think this video shows why the Ravens will be in better shape once the ol' ballhawk is back in the fold:

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