Brooks Reed excited for OTAs to begin
Brooks Reed did indeed have offseason surgery but is completely healthy as the Texans are set to start their OTAs on Monday.
Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, in a radio interview last week, revealed that Reed had surgery after the season but didn’t give the specifics.
On Sunday, Reed said he had groin surgery in late January. Reed missed four games in 2012 with a torn groin. He sustained the injury on Thanksgiving Day against the Lions.
“I’m alright. Groin’s OK,” Reed said on Sunday. “I hurt it way back on Thanksgiving Day. It’s been a while so I’ve had a lot of time to recover.”
Reed said he is healthy for the beginning of the team’s OTAs. He said he’s “100 percent.”
Reed, 26, has been running and lifting hard for the past three weeks and the groin hasn’t given him any trouble.
“I didn’t think about it then,” he said. “It shouldn’t be anything to worry about. It happened in the past and got over it. Worked hard rehabbing it so we’re at 100 percent right now and looking to improve during OTAs.”
When Reed does arrive to OTAs this week, there will be two notable new faces at his position. The Texans drafted Sam Montgomery in the third round and Trevardo Williams in the fourth round. Both players were defensive ends in college and will translate to outside linebackers in the Texans’ system.
That, of course, opens the door for Reed to move inside if the team chooses to move him. The Texans also have last year's first round pick Whitney Mercilus, who will likely start outside with the departure of Connor Barwin.
“I did a lot of that last year,” Reed said of playing inside. “Many people didn’t notice it but there’s times where I just went in at middle ‘backer so it’s a possibility. It really all depends on how (the draft picks) perform the next couple months.”
According to Reed, the four linebacker positions for the Texans aren’t very different and the transition for him to move inside wouldn’t be a difficult one. If he does move inside, he said it would probably be for first and second down. He'd then likely move outside for third down because Brian Cushing in the Texans’ three-down inside linebacker.
“But then again,” Reed said, “it really all depends on what these younger guys can do, if they can play SAM or outside ‘backer. We’ll see.”