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Super Bowl XLVII - Baltimore Ravens v San Francisco 49ers

Anquan Boldin went from the Super Bowl champs to the team he beat in the Super Bowl with a Monday trade from the Ravens to the 49ers, and now it sounds like Ed Reed may soon follow.

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Now that Joe Flacco has been awarded far too much money, the Ravens can turn to the matter of their other pending free agents. They have about $11 million in salary cap space due to their quarterback’s cap friendly contract which accounts for just $6.8 million in 2013, as opposed to the $19.1 million Flacco would have occupied had the Ravens been forced to use a franchise tag on him.

They won’t use a tag on anyone now, even with one aging yet still significant defensive piece set to become a free agent in a week: Ed Reed.

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UPDATE: Ed Reed is back in the game.

Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed has gone to the locker room for further evaluation after a possible knee injury.

No, you're awesome.

Out of all the positions in football, it’s the safety whose DNA matches his coach’s the most. The name of the position screams risk aversion, a trait that is ingrained into the minds of coaches who always fear one mistake could cost them their career. Mistakes are avoided by using a proper approach, which for a safety is to play with discipline and, like coaches, only attack when given the green light. And also like coaches, safeties stand on their heels when pressured.

But when it comes to Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed, there is no approach. He might be the only safety in the NFL history who scares the daylights out of the opposing coaches and his own – just ask Brian Billick. This is because of his reckless play, which, to be fair, is only considered reckless because it’s not the norm.

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It’s still only Thursday of the week before Super Bowl week, and there’s still five days before media day when the locusts descend, and 10 days until an actual football game is played. And I’ve already developed an instant vomit reflex any time someone desires to tell me about how much Ray Lewis is either a great guy, or an awful guy.

This is not surprising. The opposite would have been surprising, as Lewis and something about two brothers coaching two different football teams were expected to be the dominant storylines during our collective two-week scrutiny of an event that’s only barely a football game.

Those two overwhelming talking points helped us to forget about another potential Ravens defensive retirement. And now we can continue in that effort, and forget the thought of Ed Reed not playing again, mostly because he’s forgotten about it.

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Ed Reed doesn’t get punked on Sundays often. Knowshon Moreno accomplished that rare feat on a 20-yard run at the end of the first quarter.

Denver leads 10-0 late in the half, and Moreno has 74 yards on 13 carries, good for seven fantasy points. This isn’t the first time he’s made efficient use of air space…

No suspension for Ed Reed

Yesterday, Ed Reed was branded as a dirty player after he was handed a one-game suspension following his hit on Emmanuel Sanders, a hit which was supposedly the culmination of his dirtiness since he was punished for repeated violations dating back to 2010. The dirty stigma is attached to any suspension due to head hunting or just general idiocy (see: James Harrison, Ndamukong Suh).

Now, less than 24 hours later after his appeal, it’s been decided that Reed’s actions are bad, but not suspension bad, and therefore in terms of public perception he’s no longer considered to be in the same sentence as Harrison and Suh for his level of dirt.

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