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Hurt or not, Ed Reed will make plays

The return of Ed Reed to the Ravens' secondary could also bring back their swagger.

Third-year safety Haruki Nakamura says that regardless of Reed's physical status, he will be ready to make big plays when he returns.

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"When that guy's on the field, it doesn't matter if he's coming off injury," Nakamura said. "Last year, he was playing injured and he's still making plays. He's making guys fumble, he's picking off the ball. It doesn't matter if the guy's hurt, [or] healthy. He can have a concussion. He'd be like Brett Favre, go out there and probably pick some off and not know about it. That's just the type of player he is. He's that good."

Reed's work ethic has rubbed off on Nakamura, particulary in the area if film study.

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"I learned how to watch film," from Reed, Nakamura said. "That guy's always preaching, 'Watch film. Be detailed, take your notes, do this and that.' And that stuff really made a difference.

"I learned so much more about football just because he's always saying, 'You can never stop learning.' And this is a guy who's a future Hall of Famer. You'd think that guy doesn't even watch film any more. That guy watches more film than anybody. Him and Ray Lewis. Those guys never stop watching film. It's one of those things, if those guys are doing it, you have no excuse [not to]."

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