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X-rays negative on Ravens' Reed

Ravens safety Ed Reed has a severely sprained ankle but X-rays were negative and no MRI is scheduled at this point, according to the team.

Reed had to be helped off the field after hurting himself on a jump ball in the end zone at the end of Baltimore's divisional round playoff win over the Texans. Reed said he rolled his ankle while leaping for a Hail Mary pass in the final seconds. He needed to have his arms draped over two trainers to get off the field.

But Reed was able to walk on his own as soon as the game ended, going to midfield to chat with Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson.

"I'll be all right," Reed said after the game, ESPN AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley reports. "I'll get treatment and I'll be ready to go."

As of next week's matchup with the Patriots, Reed told reporters, "We're coming and they know it."

Earlier in the fourth quarter, Reed made a key interception to help seal the Ravens' trip to Foxborough.

The Ravens say Reed will rehab the ankle this week; his availability for next Sunday will bear watching.

Hensley also writes that Reed has struggled the last month of the season with a shoulder injury, acknowledging that he's missed one tackle in each of the previous four games. Against the Texans, he finished with six tackles (second on the team), broke up four passes and made an interception. His first tackle was stopping Arian Foster for no gain on third-and-one on the opening series.

"He tackles even though some people don't think he tackles. He tackles a lot," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "I'm sure glad we have him. He's a great player."