Baltimore Ravens star safety Ed Reed did not have an ideal start to his Super Bowl, as he headed back to the team’s locker room early in the first quarter to have his left knee evaluated. He was injured in a collision with 49ers' tight end Vernon Davis, as knee slammed against Davis' leg and twisted awkwardly as he went down.
Ed Reed headed to locker room for evaluation. It looked like he had leg issue on a play during last series -- tried to walk it off. #SB47— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) February 3, 2013
Reed is a game-changer in the secondary and one of the most experienced players on the Baltimore defense. Luckily, the injury only caused him discomfort and did not keep him off the field.
ESPN’s Mike Sando noted that Reed was in his normal spot at safety on the Ravens’ first defensive series of the second quarter:
Ed Reed back on field.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@espn_nfcwest) February 4, 2013
However, Comcast Sports Network pointed out that he already has a battle wound from this contest:
Reed has a definite noticable limp. #SB47— CSN 49ers News (@CSN49ers) February 4, 2013
The 34-year-old is in his 11th season and has built a Hall of Fame résumé during his time in the NFL. He is an eight-time All-Pro and won the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2004.
He has 61 career interceptions in the regular season, and he will certainly be hoping San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick gives him an opportunity to add to his playoff total.
Reed’s ability to be the best ball hawk in football has allowed the Ravens defense to consistently be one of the best units in the league. But the 49ers have emerged as another elite defense in recent years and players on both teams will be looking to make a significant impact.
Reed is as capable as any participant in this year’s Super Bowl of making a remarkable play.