Ailing Reed agrees with 3rd-quarter benching

Ailing Reed agrees with 3rd-quarter benching
November 11, 2012, 11:45 pm
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Ed Reed's shoulder injury cost the Ravens a touchdown Sunday, but fortunately for them it didn't matter.

Baltimore blew out the Oakland Raiders 55-20, but in the second quarter Reed gave up a 55-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer.

Palmer found Darrius Heyward-Bey and Reed chose to deliver a hard hit instead of wrapping him up with a tackle to prevent more yards. The receiver broke free and sprinted to the end zone and briefly gave Oakland hope as they trailed 20-10.

Reed stayed down and left the field in pain.

"It was just a minor stinger, not very serious," he said.

The Ravens responded by driving 80 yards in less than two minutes as Ray Rice ran in a 7-yard score just before halftime. They led by 17 at the half and never looked back.

Reed played to start the third quarter but eventually gave way to backup safety James Ihedigbo. He watched from the sideline the rest of the way in sweatpants.

Coach John Harbaugh wisely decided to pull him from the game and not risk a more serious injury. Reed has been playing with torn cartilage in his shoulder since Week 3.

"The offense was playing well, and I was having a pretty bad game," Reed said. "Coach just pulled me out, which was good."