xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

David Reed has said that he intends to play in the Ravens’ next game against the Cleveland Browns on Dec. 26. If the concussion the rookie kick returner suffered in Sunday’s 30-24 win against the New Orleans Saints rules otherwise, Jalen Parmele said he is ready.

"I think the biggest thing is just preparing in practice and catching the kicks," said Parmele, who averaged 26.3 yards on three kickoffs after Reed left in the first quarter because of the concussion. "It's natural. I know that I've done it before. It's kind of like you just get into the rhythm of things and you get into the flow of things."

Parmele was the team's primary kick returner for six of the first seven games, but the coaches eventually tried Josh Wilson in that role before finally deciding on Reed.

Advertisement

That didn't deter Parmele from refining his returns and working on his skills during practice."I was just trying to get perfected what I was doing and be the best person and player that I can," he said. "If I was back returning again, then I would do that and do that to the best of my ability."

Reed set a franchise record with a 103-yard kick return in the team's 34-28 overtime win against the Houston Texans on Monday night, but Reed said he was still experiencing headaches, nausea and dizziness after Sunday's contest against the Saints.

Advertisement

Wilson, Tom Zbikowski and Chris Carr have returned kicks this season, but Wilson and Carr are starters at cornerback, and Zbikowski is dealing with a back injury.

Thus, it would seem that Parmele would be the team's most experienced, healthy option. But can he be effective after what has been essentially a six-week layoff? Parmele declined to answer that question.

"I don't think it would be hard or easy," he said of resuming his role. "It's a matter of us as special teams just going out and doing our jobs. We get better every week, and that's something we need to build on."

To receive breaking Ravens news on your mobile device, text FOOTBALL to 70701 or sign up here.

Clicking on Green Links will take you to a third-party e-commerce site. These sites are not operated by The Baltimore Sun. The Sun Editorial staff is not involved in any way with Green Links or with these third-party sites.

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement