OTA Notes: Update on Reed, others

OTA Notes: Update on Reed, others
May 29, 2013, 6:15 pm
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An update on Ed Reed's rehab, whereabouts

The big news out of the Texans' OTAs on Wednesday was that Arian Foster will miss the remainder of the team's offseason workouts.

Foster has a strained right calf and was on crutches Wednesday. He won't be back until training camp.

That's also when veteran safety Ed Reed is expected to be back practicing with the team. But on Wednesday, Kubiak said Reed will be in Houston soon for more rehab following an offseason hip surgery. 

“I had a long conversation with Ed yesterday," Kubiak said."I think he actually got back to Atlanta on Saturday. We have him in a rehab program there in Atlanta. Next week, I think, is their (Baltimore’s) ring ceremony and going to the White House, so that’s pretty important for him to get that stuff done there. But he will be back here as we approach the mandatory mini camp and be here for the rehab process, so you guys should see him in about a week.”

Next week is the last round of OTAs. The team's mandatory mini camp starts on June 11.

Other injuries

There was some good news on Wednesday. Cornerback Brandon Harris was back on the field with the team for the first time since his collision with DeAndre Hopkins last Tuesday.

Slot corner Brice McCain was also on the field during the team portion of practice on Wednesday. The team has been taking it slow with McCain as he recovers from a foot injury.

Speaking of foot injuries, that's what is still keeping Phillip Supernaw and Sunny Harris out of practice. Both players haven't been on the field with the team since the first day of OTAs.

Tim Dobbins has still not attended OTAs. The team continues to say that OTAs are voluntary when asked about the linebacker. The Texans normally have perfect or near-perfect attendance.

A few observations

The offense had a much better day on Wednesday after a poor performance on Tuesday. The quarterbacks were much better. Case Keenum and Stephen McGee split reps with the first team, according to Kubiak, while Matt Schaub got a day off.

Schaub was just one of several healthy veterans to get a day off on Wednesday, along with Andre Johnson, Greg Jones, Antonio Smith and Wade Smith.

"I rested a lot of older guys today, or veteran guys," Kubiak said. "I wanted to watch a lot of young players practice in different positions, with the first group and stuff, but other than that we’re fine."

Earl Mitchell's footwork is incredible for a 300-plus-pound man. His footwork is the best of the defensive linemen and it's been fun to watch.

“You watch practice every day and Earl acts like a full-time starter," Kubiak said. "What year is Earl? Three, four, something like that? If it’s time to be a big-time guy, it’s time and Earl’s acting like that. That’s been big for him.”
 
Harris, in his first day back, had a nice pass breakup during a team session and then celebrated it with a little dance.

Stupid observation of the day: Lestar Jean always wears pants. It's been 90 degrees pretty consistently and he wears pants every day.