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Bills vs. Ravens: Baltimore Could Get S Ed Reed Back

If the Baltimore Ravens, and head coach John Harbaugh in particular, have any sense whatsoever, they will be cautious with veteran safety Ed Reed as he returns to the lineup.

Reed has missed Baltimore's first six games of the 2010 season, as he was placed on the Physically Unable to Perform list by the team following hip surgery. However, prior to Baltimore's Week 6 game against New England, Reed was cleared to return to practice by team doctors, and will be removed from the PUP list in the very near future. If things go well at practice, there's a chance that he sees some playing time this Sunday when our Buffalo Bills travel to Baltimore.

If Reed does play - and let's face it, with Baltimore heading into a bye week following this game, Harbaugh and company might see fit to bring Reed back into the fold slowly - it will likely be in a limited role. He may not play at all. Even without Reed, Baltimore still has the NFL's third-best defense, including the league's third-best pass defense. Buffalo's hands will be full enough with Haloti Ngata, Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs.

One note unrelated to Reed's potential availability: Baltimore's run defense is currently ranked No. 14 in the NFL, surrendering 105.5 rushing yards per game. New England's Danny Woodhead found room for 63 yards on 11 carries in yesterday's win. Baltimore's defense is excellent, but they can be run on. Expect heavy doses of Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller on Sunday.