Texans linebacker Brooks Reed, who has missed the last three games with a groin injury, will start Sunday against the Vikings according to head coach Gary Kubiak.
Everybody looks like they’re ready to go," Kubiak said Friday. "Brooks is ready to go and expect him to start the game so it’s good to have him back. That’s where we’re at physically.”
“I feel like I’ve been kind of caged up a little bit and got to let out some frustration a little bit," Reed said about sitting out. "I’m just real excited to come back out and get back on the field instead of watching on the sidelines or on the TV so it’s going to be a lot of fun. I’m ready to go. I just don’t see myself re-hurting it. I think it’s even better than it was before I hurt it. It’s good to go.”
With the start of Reed at strong side linebacker, Connor Barwin will move back over to weak side and Whitney Mercilus, who is tied for the franchise rookie sack record with six sacks, will move back into a roll rotating in.
“It will be good," Barwin said of Reed's return. Whit (Whitney Mercilus) has done a good job in stepping in. I’m excited to go back and play WILL a little bit. It will help the rotation. But yeah, Brooks definitely helps. He’s one of the best at stopping the run.”
Reed had 15 tackles and 2.5 sacks before injuring his groin on Thanksgiving against the Lions.
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.
Cornerback Alan Ball was the only Texan that has been ruled out for Sunday's game.