OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Ed Reed met with the media on Thursday for the first time since his critical comments about Joe Flacco to Sirius Radio on Monday.

Reed told Sirius that Flacco "didn't have a hold of the offense" in Baltimore's 20-13 win over the Houston Texans in the divisional round of the playoffs last Sunday and suggested the quarterback will have to play better against the Patriots in the AFC championship. 

The safety was asked about his comments Thursday.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- Bill Belichick has long been an admirer of Ed Reed, and on Wednesday said he has never coached against a better player in the secondary. The All-Pro safety met with the media on Thursday was asked for his thoughts on Belichick.

"I love Bill Belichick," Reed said. "He's a great coach and a great man. Always trying to do the right thing. And winning championships in this league, he's done it over the years. I have a lot of respect for Belichick."

FOXBORO -- As promised earlier in the day, Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday on the lower practice fields as the Patriots continued their preparation for the Ravens this Sunday in the AFC championship game at Gillette Stadium. All 53 players on the Patriots active roster and all eight on the practice squad were in attendance for the workout in sweats and shells.  

FOXBORO -- Patriots offensive lineman Brian Waters played with safety Bernard Pollard when the two were teammates on the Chiefs in 2008. That year, the Chiefs traveled to Foxboro for the season opener and in the first quarter, Pollard broke through the offensive line and lunged at Tom Brady's left knee and hit him with his helmet. That hit tore ligaments in Brady's knee that immediately ended Brady's season, as the Patriots missed the playoffs.  

FOXBORO -- After missing Wednesday's practice to nurse his sore left shoulder, Tom Brady said Thursday morning he would return to practice and be ready to continue preparations for the Ravens in the AFC championship this Sunday at Gillette Stadium. The Patriots continue preparations on the lower practice field outside Gillette. 

"I'll be out there today so you don't have to worry about that," Brady said with a smile. Brady tied an NFL postseason record last Saturday night with six touchdown passes, including an NFL-record five TD passes in the first half. 

Former Ravens quarterback Brian St. Pierre joined the Dennis & Callahan Show to discuss the AFC Championship matchup of the Patriots and Ravens on Sunday. St. Pierre said that Baltimore's only hope is to get consistent pressure on New England quarterback Tom Brady. If the Ravens fail to accomplish that, he suggested, the Pats could win in a blowout.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. -- File the next sentence under things that would never happen in the World of Belichick:

The best player on the defense using the media to call out the quarterback six days before the AFC championship.



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FOXBORO -- Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's absence Wednesday was explained on the team's official injury report as a left shoulder injury, the same injury that has limited him in practice since getting hit on the left shoulder during the win over the Dolphins on Christmas Eve. The only Ravens player listed Wednesday was Ed Reed. The perennial Pro Bowl safety was limited with a left ankle injury, suffered on Houston's final offensive play at the end of regulation on Sunday. All other Ravens were in full participation. Here is Wednesday's complete report:

OWINGS MILLS, MD -- Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco spoke to the media on Wednesday and was asked for his reaction to comments made by teammate Ed Reed to SiriusXM NFL Radio. Reed said he felt Flacco was 'rattled' by the defense of the Houston Texans in last Sunday's 20-13 Baltimore win.

"I talked to Ed about it, it was a little funny, I was kind of caught off guard, but it is what it is. We talked about it and it's not really that big a deal," said Flacco, who was sacked five times by the Texans in a game that saw the Ravens collect just 227 yards of offense.

OWINGS MILLS, MD -- Ed Reed (sprained ankle) was on the field during the media portion of practice for the Ravens on Wednesday. 

Reed injured his ankle on the final play from scrimmage in last Sunday's Baltimore playoff win over the Texans. X-rays on the ankle were negative and Reed told reporters after the Houston game that he would play in the AFC championship vs. the Patriots at Gillette Stadium on Sunday.

All 53 members of the Ravens roster participated during the media portion of Wednesday's practice.