with 34 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
Reed picked off the pass at midfield and took the ball all the way back to the Buffalo 9-yard line, and appeared to hurt his quad on the play weaving through the Buffalo tacklers.
He initially left the field for the locker room, but later returned to the field a series later to fair-catch the Bills next punt deep in Baltimore territory.
But from that point on, the Ravens were cautious with Reed, as the team was already without safety Tom Zbikowski, who was inactive with a heel injury. Nickel defender Haruki Nakamura saw a lot of playing time going forward in Reed’s place.
Reed said his teammates handled his return well after being used to Zbikowski the first six weeks of the season.
“I know we’ve been working it all week,” Reed said of his return to the lineup and about making calls and adjustments. “I know its going to be different with Zbib out and me coming back. I told the guys ‘Bear with me the next couple of weeks’ cause I know its going to be tough communicating.”
“There was a lot of calls I didnt make, and those guys just played it around me. I knew that was going to happen. They knew it was going to happen and they fought through.”
Reed said he wanted to come back for the Buffalo game as a way to kick-start his recovery status, not from the surgery, but towards getting back to game-speed. He wasn’t surprised he played the majority of the snaps, but he said that it’s still going to be a journey for him over the next several weeks as his body continues to heal.
“I had a few bumps and bruises which I knew was coming,” Reed said. “The next couple of weeks for me is like training camp, being that I’ve never tackled or been through the grueling part of the season. I kind of expect some of the things I’m going through with a sense, but you’ve got fight through it.”
And in a way Reed was happy the team made the decision to put him on PUP and wait for Sunday’s game as opposed to risking his NFL career by sending him out in Week 1 versus the Jets.
“I knew it was going to be hard for myself and the team to hold me back from playing,” Reed said. ” That’s why I went on PUP, cause I know if I didnt go on PUP, I probably would have been playing against the Jets, which wouldnt be a wise decision.”
The Ravens were clearly happy to have their other field leader in Reed back in action Sunday and he forcing three turnovers is something the Ravens would like to see each and every week going forward.
“You talk about two guys, Ray Lewis and Ed Reed, making those kind of plays and forcing those turnovers in the game, that’s what great players do,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
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