Although a minor hip surgery that should only sideline the free safety until “maybe the middle” of training camp, Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak acknowledged Monday the team never knew Ed Reed needed to undergo the knife.
Roughly six weeks after helping lead the Baltimore Ravens to a 34-31 upset victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, the 34-year-old Reed inked a three-year contract worth $15 million to become a Texan.
“We didn’t expect it, but it started bothering him,” said Kubiak. “That’s when we got aggressive in what we needed to do.”
An eight-time All-Pro selection who was rightfully voted a member of the 2000s NFL All-Decade Team, Reed has long mulled retiring from the collision sport due to health concerns.
Fortunately for Texans fans, the 2004 AP Defensive Player of the Year decided to continue performing on the gridiron and should serve as an ideal replacement for Glover Quin in the secondary.
A future NFL Hall of Famer, Reed is a mentally and physically tough man whose presence alone should bolster the Texans defensively.
Granted, it’s concerning that an aging Reed is facing rehabilitation in May.
Nevertheless, Houston Texans supporters can “expect” Ed Reed to be healthy and ready to compete against the Chargers in San Diego on September 9.by