All the talk this offseason about Brooks Reed is that he might be moving to inside linebacker with the Texans' taking two outside linebackers in the draft and not that he underwent surgery this offseason.
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told 610 AM in Houston that Reed underwent a procedure during the offseason. You can now add Reed to a banged up defense that includes Ed Reed, who underwent hip surgery a few weeks back, and Brian Cushing, Who is recovering from a torn ACL.
Phillips told 610 that Brooks Reed underwent surgery to fix an injury that was suffered during the 2012 season. Reed missed four games with a torn groin, a surprisingly short number of games for the severity of the injury.
“I believe in our people and they say, hey, he’s (Ed Reed) going to be fine, (Brian) Cushing’s going to be fine," Phillips said when asked about the status of Ed Reed. "Even Brooks Reed had an injury last year and was operated on in the offseason. You’re always concerned about it. I don’t want to blow it up to say I don’t think they will be back because I think they will.”
Injuries at the linebacker position compounded as the season went on. Cushing was lost in Week 5 for the season and two of his replacements, Tim Dobbins and Darryl Sharpton, both finished the season on the IR. Dobbins was resigned during the offseason and Sharpton still isn't cleared by doctors from the hip injury that sent him to IR last season.
In 12 games Reed compiled 42 tackles, 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble. The Texans haven't resigned middle linebacker Bradie James and outside linebacker Connor Barwin left in free agency for Philadelphia. The Texans are hoping that linebacker won't be a health issue again as it was last season. Houston did sign two players in the NFL Draft to play outside linebacker, Trevardo Williams (UCONN) and Sam Montgomery (LSU).