“Ed’s on top of everything,” Ryan said. “He’s still leading the meetings with DBs. He’s there sharp. You just try to back him off where he’s not on his legs the whole time.”
Those days off of practice for veteran players – in the past for LaDainian Tomlinson and LaRon Landry – are a staple of Ryan’s maintenance plan, and he sometimes likens it to having players on a pitch count.
“Sometimes you’ve got to give Nolan Ryan a break,” Reed said with a smile.
Reed actually said he didn’t like the idea of sitting out a practice, just because he is used to getting those reps, but that he understood the reasoning behind it.
“Personally I don’t really get into it as much,” Reed said. “I know it’s needed, you have to be smart when you get into the latter part of your years or you've had injuries or anything.”
Full participation: LB DeMario Davis (thumb), DT Kenrick Ellis (back), WR Jeremy Kerley (elbow), LB Garrett McIntyre (knee), WR David Nelson (ribs), WR Greg Salas (finger), DE Muhammad Wilkerson (wrist).
Limited participation: TE Greg Olsen (foot)