Ed Reed game-time decision for Texans

Ed Reed game-time decision for Texans
September 7, 2013, 7:45 pm
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This much we know: Ed Reed won’t be starting for the Texans in their opener Monday against the Chargers.

The team announced that Shiloh Keo is the starter at free safety and that Reed’s playing status is a game-time decision.

Reed left the Ravens and signed with Houston as the team’s big free-agent acquisition. However, shortly thereafter, he underwent hip surgery. Reed missed the entire preseason.

On Friday, via the Texans, Reed said: “I’ve been progressing. I feel strong, but I know I still have some things that are weak because you have that hip surgery. You lose strength, which you’re usually losing your glut strength, your hamstring to overwork. My left hip was compensating as well. It’s a lot of maintenance that I have to do to make sure nothing else happens and I pray nothing else happens, but you can’t control it. That’s football. You tend to have injuries.”

If Reed doesn’t get on the field soon and the Texans have problems in the secondary, their fans aren’t likely to accept a “That’s football” explanation. Whether they blame Reed or the club, they will feel that Houston bought damaged goods with this free-agent signing.