It had been a long time since
But in Sunday’s 34-17 loss to the
The receptions were Reed’s first since the
"It's been a while," he said. "I feel very thankful and blessed. I'm just sorry about the situation it was in, but I'm very thankful and very grateful. Time to build on that."
Reed had shown promise in his rookie campaign, leading the league in kick return average (29.3 yards) and posting what was at the time a franchise-record 103-yard return for a touchdown in a 34-28 overtime win against the
But Reed has been plagued by injuries. He sat out the final two regular-season games and two playoff contests in 2010 with torn ligaments in his left wrist, and he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against the
Reed wasn’t activated from the physically-unable-to-perform list until Nov. 26 and by then, his job had been given to
Reed got the most extensive playing time of his career Sunday and said he had the tired legs to prove it.
"I played a lot of snaps, a lot of special teams. I was dead tired by the time I got to offense," he said. "My legs felt like rubber, but I just feel overwhelmed with gratefulness. God is so good to me. I've been on a long road, and it's been a long time. Just to go out and do that is a really good sign."
Reed may return to the bench if Smith can pass tests related to the concussion in time for Sunday’s game against the