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OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens star free safety Ed Reed returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis, feeling better while dealing with an illness that has made it difficult to keep food down. The former NFL Defensive Player of the Year was sideline at Wednesday's practice.

"I don't know what was going on, man," Reed said. "It was the worst feeling of my life. It kind of carried over. Right before practice, I had to get an IV or whatnot. I'm feeling alright." Cornerback Fabian Washington was sick last week, so Reed wondered if something is going around the Ravens' training complex.

"I told him he gave it to me, but I'm not sure," Reed said. "I'm not sure what he had. My stomach was killing me, and I couldn't even eat anything or keep anything down. It's good to get it in before Thanksgiving, I guess. "Oh yeah, I'm starving, man," Reed said. "I don't have anything in me but a slice of toast and a little oatmeal. So, yeah, it's definitely time for eating." ROUGH GAME: Rookie nose guard Terrence "Mount" Cody's first NFL start didn't go according to plan.

During a 37-13 win over the Carolina Panthers, the second-round draft pick from Alabama was chop-blocked twice with one creating a gaping hole that Mike Goodson turned into a 45-yard cutback run.

"It was a clean block, but it took me by surprise," Cody said. "On film, we didn't see them cutting people that much and they started cutting on the backside. That's what got me, and they had two big plays off those kind of blocks. Every team in the SEC tried to cut me when I was at Alabama."

Cody wound up recording no tackles one game removed from a career-high five tackles against the Atlanta Falcons. "It's all about learning," Cody said. "It was my first start in the NFL, and I wanted it to be big one. Those two plays really put me down. Mistakes happen and stuff."



INJURY UPDATE: Defensive end Cory Redding didn't practice for the second day in a row due to an arm injury.

However, he said he expects to play Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. "My arm's good," Redding said. "Right now, my mindset is to play on Sunday." Redding said he got a workout on the sidelines Thursday while his teammates practiced. "A lot of rehab, a lot of rehab, break a little sweat, get the heart rate going," Redding said. "Right now, it's just basically eliminating any punching and all that kind of stuff and being smart with it."

Offensive guard Chris Chester (lower leg infection) didn't practice again. Tight end Ed Dickson (thigh) was limited. Safety Tom Zbikowski (bruised right heel) was upgraded to full participation. Buccaneers defensive end Kyle Moore (shoulder) didn't practice again. Tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) returned to practice and participated fully. Linebacker Quincy Black (ankle), wide receiver Sammie Stroughton (foot) and offensive tackle Jeremy Trueblood (knee) participated fully. NO TIME TO REST: All-Pro middle linebacker Ray Lewis has no intentions of cutting down his reps to prolong his longevity. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year leads the Ravens in tackles with 91 stops and returned an interception for a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers. Ravens coach John Harbaugh broached the topic with the 35-year-old, but both agreed that the 11-time Pro Bowl selection would remain an every-down linebacker at this time.



QUICK HITS: Cody is a new father of a three-week old baby girl. "I'm real thankful to have here," he said. "She's up here with me and my girlfriend." … What Thanksgiving dish did Cody covet the most? "That's easy," he said. "Sweet potato pie."

… Inside linebacker Jameel McClain, whose family was homeless for a year when he was a teenager growing up in Philadelphia, handed out 53 turkey dinners at the Salvation Army warehouse along with cornerback Lardarius Webb, linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and wide receiver Justin Harper. "It was a nice event," said McClain, who wears No. 53. "We handed out 53 full dinners to some people that really needed it down in West Baltimore." … Webb was thankful to spend time with his seven-year-old son, Lardarius Jr. "I'm thankful for a beautiful son," Webb said. "Yeah, he's a ballplayer." Webb is also grateful that he's recovered from the torn anterior cruciate ligament he suffered last season. "Yeah, man, I'm thankful to be fine now," Webb said. "I'm thankful my knee is good now."

… Fullback Le'Ron McClain spent the holiday with his family. "I'm thankful for my family, for my daughter, for my teammates, for still being a part of the NFL," McClain said. "I'm thankful for everything." … Running back Matt Lawrence (knee) is practicing, but still doesn't know if he'll be activated to the 53-man roster. "My knee feels good," he said. "I'm trying to contribute. I'm trying to get out there and execute and smash, do what I do, play football. If they need me out there, I'm out there."

.. Deactivated for the second time this season against the Panthers, Ellerbe said he's remaining patient. "I've got to wait for another chance," said Ellerbe, a Hamlet, N.C. native. "You just come to work and do what I do and just wait. It's part of the NFL. You've got to be ready for whenever you get your shot."

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