Ed Reed's Texans debut against Ravens?

Ed Reed's Texans debut against Ravens?
September 17, 2013, 11:30 pm
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Houston Texans free safety Ed Reed (20) watches warm ups before the game at Reliant Stadium.

(Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

Ed Reed still hasn’t made his debut for the Houston Texans. The former Ravens safety has been a game-time decision each week thus far, but for two game times, the decision has been “no.”

Will this Sunday in Baltimore finally be the day it becomes “yes”?

If not, Ray Lewis said, then Reed’s surgically repaired hip is a serious problem.

“Then that would tell me that his injury hasn’t totally healed yet,” Lewis, who played alongside Reed for 11 seasons, said this week. “Because if he can’t go the third week into the regular season — that’s what they got him there for — if he can’t go, then there’s still something really wrong.”

Reed addressed the matter in an interview with NFL Network on Tuesday.

“We haven't had any setbacks,” he said (via a transcript provided by the NFL Network). “I've just been day-to-day, week-to-week. … It's just a matter of me getting that soreness and tightness out that I've been having. And it's been getting better, it's gotten a lot better, obviously, over the weeks and it gets better with rest.”

And the Texans won’t rush him back, he said.

“We got to be smart about it. We really want to prepare for the longevity, why they brought me here. This team has aspirations to win the championship and that's what we're shooting for and it's a long way from now. For as long as I've been in the league, I know that it takes a lot and it puts a lot of strain on the body. You got to be smart about what you're doing. I'm not 25 anymore, I'm 35 now, so I know I got to be a lot smarter about what I do physically.”

Reed said there is no particular urgency just because the opponent is his former team.

“It's nothing that urged me to play this week, you know. I didn't circle this on the calendar. I said it earlier in the offseason, that with my rehab, I'm not preparing to play against San Diego or Tennessee or even the Ravens. It's about being there for the long haul, being there for the team when it really counts, and that’s playoffs, the Super Bowl, AFC Championship Game.”

Reed does acknowledge there is something special about this Sunday, though.

“I know it's a special day because, my boy [Lewis]  is going in the Ring of Honor, more than deserved for him. I always pictured myself on the sidelines watching that happen at halftime or something.”

If the game-time decision is again a “no,” that could well be right where Reed is on Sunday.