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Safety Ed Reed ponders retirement

Jan. 17, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- Baltimore all-pro safety Ed Reed says he is considering retirement after an eight-year NFL career.

Reed, 31, fumbled away an interception of a third-quarter Peyton Manning pass in the Ravens' 20-3 loss at Indianapolis Saturday.

The interception helped him join Philadelphia cornerback Asante Samuel among active players with seven post-season picks.

Indianapolis wide receiver Pierre Garcon punched the football out of Reed's grip and the Colts recovered it at their 27-yard line.

The play cost the Ravens a potential scoring opportunity, and Reed, a six-time Pro Bowl selection, says it keeps him from making "an emotional" decision about his future.

"You make a pick and turn it over," Reed told reporters after the loss. "You can't do that. You've got to give our offense a chance to score."

He added a groin injury that cost him four games this season likely will impact any decision he makes.

"We'll see. I take good advice from my doctors."

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