Ed Reed worked out at the Ravens' facility Thursday

Ed Reed was inside the Castle on Thursday, another positive sign that suggests the Ravens safety plans to report for training camp next week. According to the team’s Twitter account, Reed was at the Under Armour Performance Center in Owings Mills, running sprints and doing agility drills on the outdoor practice fields.

This news comes a day after Reed reportedly told fans at his charity golf tournament that he would be playing in 2012.

The Ed Reed saga has dragged on throughout this offseason -- causing some vocal Ravens fans to turn on the future Hall-of-Famer while also making beat reporters cringe every time he goes near a microphone -- but the fact that Reed was at the facility is a significant development. As was summarized in this blog post, Reed wasn’t in touch with team officials for at least a chunk of the offseason and has felt disrespected by the team.

Reed had hinted last week that he might hold out from training camp, but seemed to change his tune in an interview with Comcast SportsNet. Meanwhile, the Ravens have said all along that they expected Reed to play this season, something that head coach John Harbaugh reiterated in a radio interview on Thursday.

As I have said in this space before, Reed’s actions have always spoken louder than his words. But either way, we won’t know Reed’s intentions for sure until Wednesday, when veterans are scheduled to report before Thursday's full-scale start to camp.

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