Barring setback, Reed says he’ll play

Barring setback, Reed says he’ll play
December 19, 2012, 4:00 pm
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Texans linebacker Brooks Reed, who has missed the last three games with a groin injury, was back at practice on Wednesday and said he will play on Sunday against the Vikings.

“Yeah,” Reed said when asked if he’ll play this week, “assuming I get through practice good the rest of the week.”

"Yeah," Reed said when asked if he'll definitely play.

Reed had 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks before injuring his groin on Thanksgiving against the Lions.

“It felt good,” Reed said. “It felt good to get back on the field again, move my legs. I feel pretty confident in my performance today in practice.

“I felt good today. I won’t really know until I’m hitting 350-pounders when I’m trying to defend the run.”

Head coach Gary Kubiak said that while Reed was back at the light practice on Wednesday, he wanted to see how Reed did during a heavier practice on Thursday. While he hasn’t been with his teammates, Reed has been rehabbing and working with trainers in the past few weeks.

“It’s very important because first off, he’s got to get his confidence back, going into January,” Kubiak said. “It gives us a three-man rotation again that we feel comfortable about.”

Reed is in his second season in the NFL after being taken in the second round out of Arizona in the 2011 draft. With him back, the Texans will be able to go back to their normal linebacker rotation. Well, as normal as it’s been since losing Brian Cushing for the season.
“It’s tough, man, but I have to get it better but that’s just the way it is,” Reed said about missing a few games. “It seems like every week someone goes down.”

But Reed also said the timing of the injury was helpful. He knew he’d be back “by at least the playoffs” when he was injured.  

Cornerback Alan Ball was the only Texan to sit out practice on Wednesday.