Ed Reed gets a walker for his birthday

It was wrapped in bright, colorful paper and placed next to Ed Reed’s locker.

When the just-turned 35-year-old unwrapped his birthday present, the unveiling came with an announcement.

“It’s a platinum walker,” Reed joked.

Free safety Danieal Manning gave the gift to the 12-year veteran. The Texans also presented Reed with a Hall-of-Fame jacket cake.

Despite having not played a game in a Texans uniform, Reed’s already become a hit during practices and in the locker room. And his steadily advancing age has become an easy target for constant humor.

“Because his birthday’s on 9-11, we were asking him, like, ‘Where were you at on 9-11? And he was like, he was in college in his senior year,” cornerback Johnathan Joseph said. “And I was, like, ‘Wow, I was a junior in high school.’ So, yeah, it is funny.”

As for the veteran safety’s playing status?

“I’ll probably answer that question better (Thursday) … when we go back out there and get our pads on for a little bit again,” coach Gary Kubiak said.

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