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Ravens FS Reed says he will play in 2012

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By PFW staff

Updated at 2:01 p.m. EST on Wednesday, July 18

Ravens FS Ed Reed said at his golf event on Wednesday that he will play in 2012.

Reed told Comcast SportsNet Baltimore that he had changed his mind on retirement.

"I retired this offseason," Reed said. "I honestly got myself away from football. That's why I didn't come to minicamp."

Reed said he needed time to take stock and to spend time with his family.

"A player would be wrong not to assess himself, any player, after a season, after a 10-year career. And's that's what I was doing. I was reflecting," said Reed, who's entering his 11th season.

Reed, Comcast SportsNet Baltimore's Brent Harris wrote on Twitter, indicated that “taking care of his family and mentoring young players on the team” helped him decide to return.

Reed is entering the last year of his contract, and Harris said that Reed indicated that the “business side will take care of itself.”

Reed, who will turn 34 in September, started all 16 games last season for the first time since 2008. He had 52 tackles, eight passes defensed and three picks in 2011. In his career, Reed has 57 interceptions, six of which he has returned for touchdowns.

The Way We See It

One of the great ballhawks of his time, Reed can still cause a world of problems for opposing quarterbacks. With OLB Terrell Suggs expected to miss at least part of the 2012 season as he recovers from an Achilles injury, the Ravens need their other core defensive players in place to make another run, and Reed's return is a nice dose of good news for Baltimore.

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