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Week 3: Houston Texans Conference Call

Posted Sep 19, 2013

S Ed Reed

On this being his first game with the Texans, with it happening in Baltimore: “No, potentially – just ask the question. Yeah, I’m on another team, man – another away game for me right now. I’m just preparing like I have been for my whole career. Coming back, see the boys, see the coaches – it’s going to be awesome.”

On if he’s confident he will play Sunday: “I haven’t played in three weeks [since] the start of the season. I’m not confident about nothing but going day to day the way I’ve been. There’s no confidence about it if I haven’t played. You can’t be confident if you haven’t been on the field.”

On if he’ll get a chance to talk to head coach John Harbaugh in pre-game: “I’ll be out there pre-game. I’m sure coach [John Harbaugh] will be out there. I look forward to seeing everybody as much as possible. I’ve been gone from around those guys for a minute now, and I got some texts on my birthday [last week], so it’ll be good to see everybody, whoever I get to see.”

On facing off against QB Joe Flacco: “Me and Joe [Flacco] went against each other a whole lot in practice. It’s just interesting going against him being in a game situation. It’ll be like being in training camp if I did like when we went down there to ‘The Bank’ [M&T Bank Stadium] in practice.”

On how his hip is coming along: “I’ve still got some work to do, man. I’ve still got some work to do. It’s still what I told them weeks ago and then in the offseason. I deal with this tightness and soreness in there. It’s still there, so I’ve got a lot of work to do.”

On if it’s encouraging to get back out on the practice field: “I’ve been practicing since I came off PUP when the season started. I’ve been getting reps in there and just working week to week, trying to get some reps to see how much endurance I have in it. Just moving around is always good.”

On if he anticipates Sunday being an emotional day: “No, not at all. I’ve played against Reggie Wayne, who was my brother, for a long time, and it’s like playing against your brothers again, while I’m out there coaching. I’ve been having this feeling for a long time. It’s different being here and coming to see my guys, who I’ve been fighting with for a long time.”

On the reaction he expects from Baltimore fans: “I don’t know, man. I don’t know. I don’t know what it’s going to be. Fans can be tricky. I guess it’s all how they’re feeling and how the tailgating goes.” (laughter)

On if it makes it more special to come back on the day Ray Lewis gets inducted into the Ring of Honor: “Yeah, man. Somebody knew who they were playing and where I was at. This was put together. This was not something that we don’t know how this business goes. It was planned that way for a reason. But I’m excited for Ray [Lewis] – definitely excited for Ray. It’s something that could have happened as soon as he retired. We knew it was going to happen. It’s a special day. It really is going to be a special day, [with] me coming back, Ray going into the Ring of Honor, the Texans playing the Ravens. You know, that was always a good game when I was with the Ravens playing against the Texans. It was always a great game.”

On what he’s seen from the Ravens’ offense thus far: “It’s a different offense from what I’ve seen – a different offense than when I was around. [There are] different guys in there as far as Marlon Brown [and] Dallas Clark. Seeing Dallas Clark and [Brandon] Stokley back – it’s kind of weird seeing that. I’m still looking at tape. I know what those guys can do. I know what Joe [Flacco] is capable of. I know what Torrey [Smith] does. Just looking at the whole team, it just looks a little different for me, especially being on this side of things. I was looking at it last night like, ‘Wow, this is something that I’m really coaching against my boys.’”

On what stands out about his time in Baltimore: “I’ve still got a lot of thinking to do, man. I’m still playing the game. My time in Baltimore was awesome – every bit of it. I have no regrets, from when Ozzie [Newsome] called me on draft day to being in the old facility, practicing in the snow with [former head coach Brian] Billick, and everything we went through with coach ‘Harbs’ [John Harbaugh] and growing. Iron sharpening iron. I have a lot of great memories, a lot of great friends. And at the end of the day, I know it’s just football that we’re coaching against and playing against, so a lot of great memories.”

On if he expects to be the next Raven inducted into the Ring of Honor: “I don’t know. Who knows when I’ll stop playing this game?”

On if his foundation and other work in the Baltimore community is what he misses most about being a Raven: “Baltimore is family. I miss walking into ‘The Bank’ [M&T Bank Stadium] on Sunday. Thinking about how I’m going to be coming in on the [opposing] bus, walking into the [opposing] locker room … I used to see the other teams’ guys going in [doing that]. Seeing the security guards when they came in on Sunday, shaking their hands … The fans, like in training camp … Just saying, ‘Good morning, Baltimore.’ I have a lot of memories; I cherish that and always will. Being a Raven, that’s where I was raised in the NFL. I did a lot of growing; we did a lot of special things. That’s something that could never be taken away and never will. There’s a lot of love there.”

On how good he thought the chances were of him returning to Baltimore for the 2013 season: “From how things transpired with Ray [Lewis] and the free agent market, I knew it was going to be tough. It was probably about 50-50. I know where I wanted to be and … You remember me saying I wanted to repeat, and I still will repeat, just with a different team. It was something I had to go through; it was the business side of it. Ozzie [Newsome] and Steve [Bisciotti] and those guys there were great supporters and great mentors for me to understand how this business works.”

On if he was bitter about not re-signing with the Ravens this offseason: “Never – no way. Like I said, I have no regrets about being a Raven, and things transpired how they do. It’s a business. Ozzie [Newsome] always brought in guys who can help the Ravens win and always made moves to help the Ravens win, so no [bitterness], not at all. I understand how this goes being in this game for 12 years.”

On if it would be more difficult to miss a game against the Ravens than another team: “No, not at all. Like I said, I’m preparing for the long haul. I have to make sure my health is No.1, first. I was not preparing for San Diego, though I was trying to get ready for the first game. I was trying to get ready for the second one, and I’m trying to get ready for the third and the fourth and fifth. It’s just a matter of being here late [in the season]. You can’t track injuries, though I have been getting better by the weeks.”

On what he thinks the chances are that he’ll play on Sunday: “I already answered that question. You’re just asking it in a different way.” (laughter)

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