Reid's return from calf injury adds depth

Reid's return from calf injury adds depth
October 29, 2012, 12:15 am
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Jah Reid hasn't played a game this season, tormented by a calf injury that has set him back since the offseason.

The offensive lineman recently began practicing fully with the Ravens, which gives coach John Harbaugh more options as his team has struggled to protect quarterback Joe Flacco. He has been sacked 18 times this season.

"I feel good at either spot," Reid said when asked if he prefers to play at right guard or right tackle, where he is the backup to starters Marshal Yanda and Kelechi Osemele. "Just make sure I get the right sets, the right footwork and I'm good."

Of course, playing guard is a bit easier because of the proximity to center Matt Birk.

"You're close to the center, you hear the calls," he said. "It's better as far as relaying information. It's cool being in there against the bigger guys. You're really mashing up against somebody."

Reid, in his second season as a third-round pick in 2011, believes he's all the way back.

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu has had his season ruined so far because of a recurring calf injury. It's a unique injury that players can't play through if they are less than 100%.

"My body felt like it was good," Reid said. "I'm ready to go."

But has Reid been able to improve considering he's been sidelined for so long?

"Definitely, just more poise in my sets," Reid said. "More confident in myself. Staying square, coming off the ball, everything. … I just have to carry that out onto the playing field."