Reed has been quoted as saying he expects to be played on the physically-unable-to-perform list by the Ravens and miss the first six games, but the player and his advisor, Brad Davis, are adamant that is not correct.
In fact, they have "no clue" when Reed will return.
The Associated Press reported earlier Wednesday that Reed said he expected to be placed on the PUP list during a radio interview with 105.7 The Fan.
Trying to put a timetable is impossible at this point, according to Davis, who was with Reed on the first day of Reed's football camp in Baltimore. Reed had the labrum in his hip reconstructed this offseason, and is working hard to play this season but is unsure when he will come back.
"We have no idea when he's ready to return," Davis said. "Anyone who is saying he will miss six weeks, that's just not true. We don't know at this point.
"He could be back before or after. We just don't know. It's too soon to say. He could be back Week 1 or he could miss the entire season. I seriously doubt he would miss the entire year, but the reality is it's all still up in the air right now."
Davis said Reed visited with Ravens officials Tuesday at the team's facility -- his first trip back there since the surgery and subsequent rehabilitation in Colorado -- and was asked by General Manager Ozzie Newsome and others about when to expect him back.
"Ed told them we honestly don't know right now," Davis said. "It's a two-step process. Firstm, he has to get healthy enough to be able to train for football, and once he gets healthy then he'll begin to train to get football-ready."
Davis said Reed feels it is important for fans to know that it would be erroneous to bank on the star definitely being out at least six weeks.
"We don't want Ravens fans to think that, because it's just not true," Davis said. "We just don't know right now."
Ravens veterans are schedule to report to training camp on July 28.
Reed, 31, missed four games during December because of a variety of injuries, including problems with his neck, hip and groin.