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If you haven’t seen any footage of Ed Reed on the field practicing with the Texans, it’s not because you need to schedule more time watching the NFL Network. Coming off off-season hip surgery, Reed remains on the physically unable to perform list. Still, coach Gary Kubiak talked Monday about the possibility that the former Ravens safety could be ready to play in Houston’s opener in San Diego on Sept. 9.
“I think we’re going to really have a good idea when we come out of this week,” Kubiak said. “He is in Vail [Colo., Monday] getting some injections and spending time with his surgeon. I think there’s one more trip planned to Atlanta here on Tuesday, something like that this week. … I think we’re going to have a really good idea where we’re at coming out of Dallas [in Thursday’s preseason finale] and starting our preparations because we do have what 10 days or something like that to get ready for San Diego.”
And if Reed isn’t ready? Well, other than the gnashing of teeth among Texans fans who want to know how their team could sign a free agent who had an injury issue, the team will just keep going along the way it has.
“The question is, is he going to be ready right off the get go? That’s something that’s got to get sorted out here pretty quickly,” Kubiak said. “But you’ve got to understand our approach. … Our whole training camp has been without him. So, the team’s not going to panic.”
The Texans are one of those teams percolating as a possible Super Bowl contender. Though they still haven’t had Reed, their approach was to hope he’d give them a boost of savvy and skill in the secondary that could push them to the next level.