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November 22, 2013

Reed facing Ravens again -- this time with Jets

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He’s played in eight games this season, including one with the Jets, and they’ve all been losses.

A month after the Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers in February, Reed signed with Houston and expected to be a big part of the Texans’ secondary. He had offseason hip surgery that slowed his transition into Wade Phillips’ defense, and he sat out the team’s first two games.

He made his Houston debut in Week 3 at Baltimore, returning to the city in which he became one of the NFL’s greatest players at his position. Reed cherished his time with the Ravens — unlike his few months with Houston, where he felt he wasn’t a good fit.

Reed’s role dwindled during the next several weeks, and he was eventually relegated to bench and then waived last week. He unloaded on the Texans and defensive coordinator Wade Phillips on Wednesday, citing Phillips as the reason he’s no longer in Houston. Asked about his comments on Thursday, Reed said he was “done with that.”

Reed wasn’t overly nostalgic about his Ravens days, but he clearly still has some fondness for the team and its fans.

“It’s always special going back to Baltimore for me,” Reed said. “But it’s a football game. It’s a job that we are trying to get done and they’re trying to get done. It’s going to be fun.”

Reed had a mostly quiet game in his Jets debut, a 37-14 loss at Buffalo, in which he started three days after joining the team and had three tackles.

“He looks like the same guy to me, he really does,” defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said. “I’m not worried about that part of it.”

Rex Ryan, who coached Reed for several years when they were together in Baltimore, said earlier in the week that he expects Reed to be “a major contributor” for the Jets the rest of the season. So, there’s a good chance the Ravens will get to see their former teammate trying to make plays against them all afternoon.

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