Ed Reed will be ready when the Houston Texans ‘start playing for real’

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Ed Reed is truly a legend on the gridiron.

Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith believes free safety Ed Reed will be ready to compete in Week 1.

After inking a three-year contract worth $15 million to become a Texan, the 34-year-old Reed blindsided Houston and underwent minor hip surgery in March to repair a small labral tear.

“(Reed’s) rehab is going well,” Smith told NFL.com. “The thing that is important, and we’re focused on, is to make sure he’s there Week 1 when we start playing for real.”

Serving as an ideal replacement for Glover Quin in the secondary, a healthy Reed would bolster Houston defensively and improve a squad coming off a 12-4 season in the AFC South.

An eight-time All-Pro selection who was voted a member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, the future Hall of Famer is certainly “for real.”

However, aging and trying to mend in the summertime, Reed’s signing now seems questionable.

Regardless, Ed Reed will absolutely play against the Chargers in San Diego on September 9 and that’s “the thing that is important.”

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