OWINGS MILLS - Baltimore Ravens Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed declined to speculate on his future Wednesday entering what could possibly be his final home game in a Ravens uniform.
Reed's contract expires at the end of the season and it's been speculated that Baltimore may opt to let Reed depart as a free agent, although it's also possible the 34-year old who has dealt with a nerve impingement in his neck and shoulder for the past several seasons could choose to retire.
"I am not thinking about that right now," Reed said Wednesday.
Reed's the Ravens' all-time leader in interceptions and is regarded as the premier safety of his era, but his physical skills have progressively diminished in recent years. He's also had lapses in coverage that have led to big plays for opposing passing games this season. And once an aggressive defender in run support, Reed's willingness as a tackler has been called into question in recent seasons as he's battled through the nerve impingement.
LEWIS 'SHOULD BE FULL SPEED': Just days after Ray Lewis that he plans to retire following the conclusion of the season, Ravens coach John Harbaugh said Lewis "should be full-speed" against the Indianapolis Colts in Sunday's AFC Wild Card matchup at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.
Lewis hasn't played since suffering a torn right triceps against the Dallas Cowboys in mid-October.
But the 37-year old Lewis returned to practice in early December - less than two months after sustaining what is typically a three to four month injury - and now appears poised to play a significant role Sunday in what appears likely to be his final home game in a Ravens uniform.
"He was hoping to come back earlier, but it would have been not smart," Harbaugh said. "Ray's an incredible rehab guy, and he probably could have played, but it would have been a big risk. We felt like we could get our positioning in the playoffs and then bring Ray back when the injury had the best chance to be completely healed, which is 12 weeks after the injury. He's ready to go. He's going to play in this game. He should be full-speed."
O-LINE WARY OF COLTS PASS RUSHERS: Dwight Freeney and Robert Mathis were once one of the NFL's most feared pass rush tandems, tormenting offensive lines for the better part of the last decade with a rare combination of speed and athleticism off the edge.
But while the tandem's numbers are down this season - especially Freeney's - Ravens center Matt Birk said the combination of Freeney and Mathis still poses a significant challenge for Baltimore's offensive line heading into Sunday's AFC Wild Card matchup with the Colts.
"Sometimes stats tell the whole story, but sometimes they don't," Birk said. "Film tells the story, and both of those guys continue to play at a very high level."
But the numbers are down this season.
A traditionally dominant Indianapolis pass rush finished the regular season with just 32 sacks, the fourth-fewest in the AFC, and Freeney posted only five sacks, the lowest total of his 11-year career in a season during which he's played in at least 10 games.
But Mathis did have eight sacks, former first-round pick Jerry Hughes had four and Freeney, regardless of any regression in production this season, has 107.5 sacks since he entered the NFL in 2002, the fourth-highest total of any player during that span.
Baltimore's offensive line held a potent New York Giants pass rush without a sack in Week 16, but yielded three sacks or more in seven of the first 14 games.
Left tackle Michael Oher surrendered 10 sacks during the regular season, tied for the most of any starting tackle in the AFC according to Pro Football Focus, while rookie right tackle Kelechi Osemele was beaten for seven sacks.
INJURY REPORT: Pro Bowl fullback Vonta Leach (knee/ankle) practiced on a limited basis Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Colts.
Safety Bernard Pollard (chest/ribs) is questionable, but he practiced on a limited basis all week and is expected to play after being sidelined for each of the final three games of the regular season.
Outside linebacker Terrell Suggs (biceps), defensive lineman Haloti Ngata (knee), offensive guard Marshal Yanda (shoulder/knee) and wide receiver Anquan Boldin were all listed as probable after sitting out the final game of the regular season.