Johnson: Reed will be ready for opening day

Johnson: Reed will be ready for opening day
July 25, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Johnson confident Reed will be ready to go

Ed Reed has been a nine-time Pro Bowler.

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Andre Johnson said he recently spoke to his longtime friend and new teammate Ed Reed and said Reed will be ready to go for the first game of the season.

“He’s out running around and stuff,” Johnson said. “He said he feels like he’s ahead of schedule. You never know until you get out there and get banged up a little bit. Other than that, he said he’s feeling fine and he’ll be ready to go opening day.”

The Texans first game of the season is in San Diego on Sept. 9.

Reed had offseason surgery on his hip on April 30 and missed all of the team’s spring practices. It’s still unknown if he’ll be ready to practice during training camp. The first team practice of training camp is on Friday morning. The first preseason game is Aug. 9.

“It’s going well right now. There’s really no timeline,” Reed said on June 11, the first day of the team’s mandatory mini camp. “I know what I want. I know what we want as an organization. We’re just going to keep on grinding and keep on shooting for September.”

The surgery Reed has this offeason was much less severe than the one he had before the 2010 season. That injury and surgery caused him to miss the first six games of the season. Reed has continually said he’s more concerned about being ready at the end of the season and the playoffs than the beginning.

“I haven’t talked to him since OTAs,” cornerback Kareem Jackson said on Thursday. “I’m not really sure what the time table is for him returning to the field. First things first, we want Ed to be as healthy as possible when he comes back. Don’t want the hip to nag him any, so whenever he’s ready. He’s been in this game a long time, so I’m sure he knows when he’s healthy and when he’s not.”

Reed, 34, was the Texans’ prized free agent pickup this offseason. The future Hall of Famer spent 11 seasons in Baltimore after being taken in the first round of the 2002 draft. Reed is a nine-time Pro Bowler and an eight-time All-Pro.

And Reed is a much different player than Glover Quin, who left for Detroit in free agency. Quin would often play close to the line, while Reed is more of a centerfielder and ball hawk.

“Ed’s a playmaker,” said reigning Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. “He’s a guy who flies around and he always seems to find the ball and that’s so much fun to play with because you know he’s back there and you know he’s a wild card and you know he can make plays that you wouldn’t really expect him to make, so it’s going to be a lot of fun to have him on this defense.”

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