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Ravens’ Reed will be ‘playing next year’

Fri., Jan. 25, 2013

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Ravens safety Ed Reed isn’t planning on joining teammate Ray Lewis in retirement after the Super Bowl.

“I’ll be playing next year,” Reed said Thursday before Baltimore hit the practice field in preparation for their Feb. 3 Super Bowl matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.

There was speculation that the 34-year-old Reed might retire after this season.

Now in his 11th season, Reed hasn’t missed a start since 2010, when he sat out Baltimore’s first six games with a hip injury. This season, he was one of only two players on the Ravens defense (along with cornerback Cary Williams) to start in all 16 games.

Reed has been selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, including each one since 2006.

Reed’s 61 career interceptions are a franchise record, and he has an NFL-record 1,541 yards in interception returns.

This season, Reed made 58 tackles and intercepted four passes, taking one back 34 yards for a touchdown. He also recovered three fumbles.

In the playoffs, he has 10 tackles while serving as the last line of defense for a unit that last week dominated New England in the AFC championship game.

Reed will be playing in his first Super Bowl, and it’s in his home state of Louisiana.

AP: Brady fined $10K for kick in AFC title game

A person familiar with the decision says the NFL has fined New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady $10,000 for kicking Baltimore Ravens defender Ed Reed during Sunday’s AFC championship game.

The fine was first announced on NFL.com. An official with knowledge of the penalty confirmed it to the AP.

On a first-and-goal, Brady was forcecd out of the pocket and ran for 3 yards but slid before he could be tackled. In the process, he raised his right leg and kicked Reed.

Brady reportedly apologized to Reed in a text message.

Around the league

The New Orleans Saints have fired defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo after one season. … John Idzik was been introduced as the New York Jets’ new general manager. The Jets also announced the hiring of Marty Mornhinweg as offensive coordinator and Dennis Thurman as defensive coordinator. … Browns coach Rob Chudzinski has added assistants Brian Baker and Jon Embree to his staff. … The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired quarterbacks coach Frank Scelfo and offensive line coach George Yarno, a Spokane native and former Washington State and NFL player.



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