Were Ravens hip to Reed's hip?

Were Ravens hip to Reed's hip?
May 18, 2013, 6:00 pm

Ed Reed had arthroscopic surgery on his hip a few weeks ago for a labral tear. Reed, who left the Ravens as a free agent for the Texans, will miss all of Houston’s organized team activities while he recuperates, but the club expects him to be ready when training camp opens.

“He’s on his way to getting healthy now,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said, according to the team website. “It’s something that it was bothering him, [and] we needed to get it done, make sure we get him ready to go. One of those deals where you don't wait; you just do the right thing.”

This raised the question of how much the Ravens knew about Reed’s hip condition and whether that played into their decision not to re-sign the 34-year-old safety. Reed had hip surgery three years ago, on the other side.

Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio wrote that the Ravens indeed did know about the injury in general terms. Appearing on a Houston radio station, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Kenneth First said, though the injury may have been a surprise to the Texans, certainly Reed had to know about it.

“Most of the time, you know you have a hip problem,” First said. “I just think that he probably knew he had a hip problem.  I wouldn’t be shocked if the Ravens knew he had a hip problem as he went through the season last year. ...  You don’t tear your labrum just walking around.  You know there’s something wrong.”