So is Ed Reed hurt or isn't he hurt?
Among the many people who want to know are those at the NFL offices.
Reed's apparent shoulder injury has not been listed on a Ravens injury report all season, and it isn't again for this week's game in Houston. So it seems somewhat surprising that earlier this week, Reed said in an interview on 105.7 The Fan that he has been playing with a torn labrum in his shoulder.
The NFL does not look kindly on teams who are not forthcoming on their injury reports. Just ask the Buffalo Bills, who have been fined $20,000 for not listing defensive end Mario Williams on their injury report, even after he mentioned that he had been bothered by a left wrist injury. Williams was later added to the Bills' injury report.
According to NFL.com's Gregg Rosenthal, NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that the league is looking into Reed's injury.
"We are aware that they are reviewing practice and game video," the Ravens said in a statement.
After making the comments, Reed downplayed them the next day, telling reporters at the team's complex that, "I ain't no pitcher. I don't play baseball. So long as I'm not throwing, that's something we knew about. It's nothing to worry about. Last few weeks I've been dealing with it. … I'll be all right."
Reed hasn't missed a start this season and has 24 tackles and two interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown against Cincinnati. He had nine tackles against New England in one of his most physical games in years, but he was also one of several players who missed tackles in the Ravens' win over Dallas last week.
On Friday, Ravens coach John Harbaugh played down the absence of Reed on the injury report, saying that bumps and bruises are part of the game and that there are "probably 25 or 30 guys that have things like that -- things that they can play through that don't cost them any time, practice-wise or game-wise."
"It’s a tough game; it’s a physical sport," Harbaugh added. "What he’s talking about are the things that all these guys have. There are always a lot of bumps, and bruises, and nicks and tears – if you will – that guys have to deal with.”