Ed Reed likely to make Texans’ debut against former team
Sep/20/13 09:09 AM Filed in: Ed Reed
Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Ed Reed’s workout Thursday was “the most aggressive we’ve had him in situations in practice” and, barring a setback, it seems likely he’ll make his Texans debut in Baltimore, where he spent the first 11 seasons of his career.
Because the Texans practice in pads on Thursdays, it’s the best test for players like Reed who are returning from injuries. He had off-season hip surgery and missed all of training camp.
“It went good today,” Kubiak said. “Another big step forward. All indications are we’re heading in the right direction. We’re going to continue to watch him coming out of a tough practice. How does he feel tomorrow? Is he sore as we head into the weekend? But he’s really practicing well right now. That’s all I can tell you.”
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips took it a step further and noted how Reed has made several of the kind of “ball-hawking plays” in practice this week that he came to be known for as a Raven. He’s the NFL’s active leader in interceptions with 61.
Shiloh Keo will start at free safety against the Ravens, but Reed could figure prominently in special cover packages. Best case, he’s likely still a few weeks away from playing an entire game.