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Reed returns to Ravens with heavy heart

Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster is brought down

Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster is brought down by from left, Ravens, Ray Lewis, Jameel McClain and Ed Reed, during the third quarter, Sunday. (Jan. 9, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Ed Reed returned to the Ravens yesterday after spending Monday with his family, which has been dealing with the tragedy of losing Reed's older brother, Brian, to an apparent drowning in the Mississippi River.

Brian Reed disappeared Friday after jumping into the river while attempting to elude police in St. Rose, La. He has not been found, although authorities have recovered his jacket and shoes.

Reed traveled from Kansas City, where the team beat the Chiefs in a first-round playoff game, to Louisiana before returning on Tuesday.

"He was in good spirits," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said of Reed. "He seemed like he was doing pretty well."

Reed declined to talk after practice. 

"I knew he was coming back," teammate Willis McGahee told the Baltimore Sun. "Ed's not the type of guy where he's going to stay away from the game. He loves the game, he loves the guys in this locker room. He has a lot going on right now, but as a team, we've got his back, and as a friend, I've got his back."

The Ravens visit the Steelers in Saturday's divisional round of the playoffs.

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