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Ravens: Ed Reed not at mandatory minicamp

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens All-Pro free safety Ed Reed isn't attending today's mandatory minicamp, a finable action under the NFL collective bargaining agreement.

Reed can be fined up to $63,000 for the missed practices and $9,915 for missing a team physical, all at the Ravens' discretion.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh said he hasn't spoken with Reed.

"I have not communicated with Ed," Harbaugh said. "I'm not sure what the situation is."

Middle linebacker Ray Lewis downplayed the situation and said he has spoken with the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

"I don't think it's an issue at all," Lewis said. "When July 25 comes, Ed will be here."

Meanwhile, offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie didn't practice as the team determined that he was better off working on his conditioning.

"Bryant McKinnie is a guy we held out for conditioning purposes," Harbaugh said. "We're probably going to continue to do that and try to continue to get him into good shape."

And center Matt Birk had surgery to address varicose veins on his legs last week and was unable to travel.

"Matt Birk had surgery last week on his legs, he's got those veins," Harbaugh said. "We tried to get it done earlier. We could not get it done earlier. He was not allowed to fly this week. He wouldn't have been able to practice this week."

Reed's absence wasn't unexpected.

It's unclear if the team will follow through and fine the former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, who has contemplated retirement this offseason.

Reed recently provided a quote, though, to the Times where he indicated that he planned to play this fall and for future seasons.

Harbaugh has previously said he expects Reed to play, adding that Reed is spending time with his family.