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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Ravens' Reed undecided on NFL future

By James Walker
ESPN.com

INDIANAPOLIS -- Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed said Saturday after their 20-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts that he’s "50-50" on his playing future.

Reed, 31, has been dealing with a serious neck injury and admits retirement is an option.

"It’s 50-50," Reed said. "I got great doctors that I deal with. So I’m going to re-evaluate things and see how it goes. ... At the end of the day, it’s my decision to play with injuries going forward for my career."

Reed also had groin and foot injuries during the season. Along with linebacker Ray Lewis, Reed has been the heart and soul of the Ravens and their well-respected defense. But the team’s most recent defeat Saturday seemed to hit Reed harder than most losses.

"It’s very tough because these opportunities don’t come often," Reed said. "As a player getting older, you don’t know how much you can last. So it’s hard, man. It’s really hard."