Ed Reed said he won't need to have offseason

ABERDEEN -- Unlike last year, Baltimore Ravens star free safety Ed Reed won't be going under the knife. One year removed from undergoing hip surgery to repair a torn labrum, Reed said he won't require any procedures this offseason as he continues to strengthen the joint. And the All-Pro safety said he could play now if he had to.

"I don't think anything will have to be done, but you never know going forward because that's how it was last year," Reed said this weekend during fellow Ravens safety Haruki Nakamura's charity event at Ripken Stadium. "I was rehabbing and working out and it just kept bothering me. Stuff could come up, but right now, I feel good. If we had to play right now, I could go for it." Last spring, the seven-time Pro Bowl selection underwent surgery and wound up beginning the season on the physically unable to perform list. After missing six games, he led the defense with eight interceptions and didn't miss any games. Reed returned to play earlier than advised, but wanted to get back on the field. He wound up having a resurgent season and wasn't bothered as much as years past by a painful nerve impingement that affects his neck and shoulder.

"I'm still rehabbing my hip because it was a year-long process," Reed said. "I came back earlier than I was supposed to, but my doctors and trainers with the team helped me make sure I stayed in shape.

"Me staying up on my treatments, acupuncture, everything that I had to do, the stuff that you never see, has helped maintain. Years of taking care of yourself helps you maintain." Reed said he has stayed in contact with former Ravens cornerback Samari Rolle, whose career ended due to a neck injury. As the NFL lockout continues, Reed said he's staying in good shape and has spoke to wide receiver Derrick Mason about eventually organizing informal workouts.

"If it got later in the offseason, we would do something to come together as a team," Reed said. "We know that just coming together as a team, guys seeing each other, it makes a big difference. We need that offseason camaraderie of just seeing guys, knowing that they're putting in work."

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