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5. Is Ed Reed's game slipping?

The Ravens' star free safety had a terrible game against the Oakland Raiders, by his own admission. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year recorded just three tackles and no pass deflections. He was late providing help over the top on a touchdown allowed by Corey Graham against the Raiders. He ricocheted off Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland, McDonogh), sustaining a right shoulder stinger. Reed's injuries aren't serious in nature, but they are debilitating. So is his age. Although Reed is arguably the most natural, instinctive center fielder to play this game in the past two decades, his issues in tackling are beginning to become detrimental to a defense that's already had its struggles in the front seven. It's not that Reed's ability isn't still there. It's his body that's betraying him.
Gene Sweeney Jr., Baltimore Sun
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