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Harbaugh not sure what spurred Ed Reed's absence

Ravens coach John Harbaugh hasn't spoken to Ed Reed, but did acknowledge that the enigmatic safety was not excused to miss the first day of the Ravens' mandatory three-day minicamp.

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


Asked if he was concerned with Reed's absence, which adds to a tumultuous offseason for the safety, Harbaugh said, "The [collective bargaining agreement] applies and I haven't talked to him."

The CBA stipulates that players under contract could be fined as much as $63,000 for missing the mandatory three-day minicamp, and another $9,000 for not taking a physical that precedes the workout.


Harbaugh said that left tackle Bryant McKinnie was held out of the workouts to work on his conditioning, which has long been a problem area for the veteran.

"We're going to probably continue to do that and continue to try and get him in good shape," Harbaugh said. "I think practice-wise, he's just as well doing the conditioning part of it."

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Veteran center Matt Birk, meanwhile, had surgery to repair a varicose veins issue that he's had in his leg. Birk had hoped to get the surgery done earlier this offseason, but was unable to.

"He had to get those cleaned up," Harbaugh said. "We tried to get it done earlier and we could not get it done earlier for whatever the doctor's reasons there were. He was not allowed to fly this week so he wouldn't have been able to practice anyway."

Running back Ray Rice also was not at the minicamp, but he was expected to stay away as his agent works on a long-term contract extension with the team. Rice cannot be fined for missing the mini-camp because he has yet to sign his franchise tender.

Linebacker Ray Lewis did participate but said afterward that much too much was being made of the absence of Reed, his long-time teammate.

"People across the world never worry about minicamps or whatever," Lewis said. "Whatever him and coach talked about, they talked about. I don't think it's an issue at all. Ed has other things going, a baby boy, and he's really trying to focus on things like that. Sometimes, life calls you away from the game. These three days won't take away from what Ed Reed's focus is, and that is to come back and help our defense be the best defense there is in football. I don't think it's an issue at all, not for us."

Lewis said that he has spoken to Reed several times this offseason and he expects the perennial Pro Bowl safety to be ready to go when training camp begins. Reed is entering the final year of his contract.


"I talk to him all the time," Lewis said. "I don't expect nothing different. Ed is Ed and when July 25th comes up, Ed will be here and we'll be getting ready to roll."