In Sunday's game, the Ravens lost the General of the defense in Ray Lewis and one of the best cornerbacks in football in Lardarius Webb, both to season ending injuries. Arguably their top defensive player, Haloti Ngata, suffered an MCL sprain and re-aggravated a shoulder injury, and Webb's replacement, Jimmy Smith, left the game with an abdominal injury and has missed practice time this week.
Now, more bad news for a unit that was giving up record yards even before key injuries. Safety Ed Reed revealed to 105.7 The Fan's Glenn Younes Wednesday night that he has a labrum tear in his shoulder. He said that he's playing through the pain, but admits that it might be affecting his play.
Reed, along with the rest of the defense, has been criticized for his tackling. Especially against the Cowboys on Sunday, it was clear that offensive players were getting extra yards as Reed opted several times to push a player out of bounds as opposed to tackling. Reed has suffered multiple injuries in recent years, and has been playing with a nerve impingement in his neck that some suggest has impacted his ability to be physical.
A torn labrum, which takes about six weeks to heal, would be a significant blow to Reed and the defense. But ESPN's Jamison Hensely questions the severity of the injury.
"There's one problem: The Ravens didn't list him on the injury report, which is a violation of league rules,” wrote Hensley. “So either the Ravens chose not to disclose the injury or Reed isn't really that hurt.”
As to whether the future Hall of Fame safety expects quarterbacks to target him after news of his injury, Reed said, “Target me. Throw it. Come on.”