On Thursday, Ravens defensive coordinator Greg Mattison said that the team would be patient with Ed Reed and wait for the six-time Pro Bowl free safety to determine his own availability for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.
In a similar vein, Mattison said the team would not rush an evaluation of Brendon Ayanbadejo's status until the linebacker is ready. Ayanbadejo tore his left quadriceps muscle in a game against the New England Patriots on Oct. 4, 2009 and hasn't played since.
"Again, Brendon is like Ed Reed," Mattison said. "When he's ready to go, when he feels completely comfortable with his body and with his mental part of it, then he's earned the right to be back where he's been. It's just a matter of how it goes."