3 and Out: Reed's health, Cushing, Johnson
Ed Reed is practicing with the Texans for the first time since joining the club this week but the team is still unsure if he’ll be able to play in the Week 1 opener.
Reed has surgery for a torn labrum in his hip this offseason and missed all of training camp. Last week, the Texans said they would have a decision on Monday or Tuesday as to whether he'd play in the opener. But on Tuesday afternoon, the locker room full of players was still unsure.
“I don’t know. I don’t know,” his friend Andre Johnson said. “Only Ed knows that, if he’ll be able to play. I know he was real close to feeling well and what not, just from talking to him.
“But just to see him out on the field is always a positive. I don’t think if he wasn’t feeling well, he wouldn’t be out there. We’ll just see how it goes, day-by-day. He knows when he’ll be ready. Hopefully it will be Monday night.”
Cornerback Kareem Jackson said Reed worked with the defensive backs and participated in team drills.
“He looks pretty good out there,” Jackson said. “You can kind of tell he’s not entirely 100 percent but he’s working to get back 100 percent. He’s going in the right direction. Hopefully, he’ll be there soon.”
But will Reed be ready for the opener?
“I’m not really sure,” Jackson said. “I can’t really say.”
Smith working on the side
Wade Smith is back on the practice field but still isn’t practicing with the team. Instead, he has been working individually on the side.
Smith banged knees during training camp and ended up needing arthroscopic surgery. He’s not sure if he’ll be playing in the opener.
“I play left guard and I’m not a decision maker here but if I’m ready to go physically, I’ll be playing,” Smith said.
Smith said he felt “good” but added that the team hasn’t determined a date when they’ll decide about his status.
In his absence, second-year player Ben Jones has been starting and rookie David Quessenberry is also a possibility to play at left guard.
“I fully expect that whoever is playing will play well,” Smith said. “Of course I watch them, those are my guys. I’ve definitely been keeping up with them, with the progress that they’ve been doing.”
The Texans will have some extra time to get both players healthy. They play in the nightcap of a Monday Night Football doubleheader, the last game of Week 1.