After missing the first six games of the 2010 season, Ravens safety Ed Reed returned from the Physically Unable to Perform list in Week 7 and picked off eight passes in the final 10 games of the regular season. Reed, who played well enough to earn another trip to the Pro Bowl, said Tuesday he is not yet fully healthy.
"I'm still not 100 percent," Reed told The Times-Picayune. "But I'm 100 percent mentally at this point as far as everything I can do. I know my limitations. I still have a lot of work to do before the season starts."
Reed, who was in New Orleans for his annual football camp at Destrehan High School, underwent hip surgery last offseason and has been battling a nerve impingement in his neck that cost him four games in 2009.
Since he is talking about the upcoming season, I wouldn't worry about Reed missing training camp or anything like that, and at 80 percent, he is still better than most safeties in the league.
But these injuries made the future Hall-of-Famer mull retirement last spring because he is rightfully wary of the long-term health risks. So make sure you enjoy Reed's excellence while you can.