The Baltimore Ravens defense got off to a slow start in Super Bowl XLVII but they managed to settle in on the 49ers second offensive drive of the game and stunted a redzone drive. But while the Ravens may be getting their defensive footing in this game, they may have lost a big member of their unit, as safety Ed Reed has left with an apparent knee injury.
Reed appeared to have injured his knee making a touchdown saving tackle in the first quarter, where he made a great stop but came up hobbling. Solomon Wilcox reported from the CBS sidelines that Reed appeared to have injured his left knee and was being further evaluated by Ravens doctors in the Baltimore locker room.
Ray Lewis is on the playing field, but I’m sure there’s some of that deer antler spray laying around somewhere in a gym bag in the Ravens locker room.
The Ravens may just trying to be as cautious as possible with Reed, but if his knee hinders his play, the 49ers may be able to grab a bit of an advantage. Reed returned to the Ravens sideline not long after initially leaving the field, but his status is still unknown. If Reed is held out of portions of the game, he wouldn’t be the first major player to be held off the field in his team’s Super Bowl. Chicago Bears running back Cedric Benson was injured early on in the Bears Super Bowl loss and didn’t return tot he game.
Reed should return, but the Ravens need him to be 100 percent to be fully effective.