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Harbaugh on E.Reed: "It will be his call"

Ravens coach John Harbaugh continued to express optimism that Ed Reed will start practicing next week but he couldn't guarantee the return of the Pro Bowl safety.

"I'm hopeful and I'm optimistic and I feel like he's doing great," Harbaugh said. "What I was trying to say is he's working really hard and he looks good. But we don't know. That will be up to Ed and the doctors and the trainers to see how it goes."

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Barring a setback, it's believed that Reed will start practicing next week. He was placed on the physically-unable-to-perform list because of offseason hip surgery.

"I think he's going to push himself as hard as he can. Then really, it will be his call," Harbaugh said. "He's a guy that's been in the league forever. He knows what he can do and what he can't do."

Harbaugh expressed similar optimism for linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo (quad) returning to practice next week, too. There is more uncertainty with running back Matt Lawrence (knee), Harbaugh said.

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