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Thursday, January 21, 2010
Will Ravens' Reed play in Pro Bowl?

By James Walker
ESPN.com

While multiple players are pulling out of the Pro Bowl, one very interesting name remains: Ed Reed.

Reed
The Baltimore Ravens safety is contemplating retirement following last weekend's 20-3 postseason loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Because of a nerve condition in his neck, Reed says he’s "50-50" on returning next season. Yet, as of Thursday, Reed is still on the AFC roster and scheduled to take the field again in less than two weeks.

But I don't expect that to happen.

Reed will visit with doctors soon to help determine his playing future, and it's highly unlikely playing in the Pro Bowl will be recommended. In addition to his neck, Reed also suffered groin and foot injuries during the season.

Numerous players, such as Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson, Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Jake Long and quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Tom Brady of the New England Patriots, have backed out of the Pro Bowl to recover from injuries.

With so many thoughts on health, family and retirement, Reed probably didn't get to his decision just yet. But look for Reed to soon join a long list of Pro Bowl players this year who said "Thanks, but no thanks."