Reed a game-time decision for Week 2

Reed a game-time decision for Week 2
September 12, 2013, 2:15 pm
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Ed Reed has been a nine-time Pro Bowler.

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For the second straight week, safety Ed Reed will be a game-time decision.

The 35-year-old safety still hasn’t played a down for the Texans since he signed this offseason because of hip surgery he needed in April.

“He was good,” Kubiak said about Reed on Thursday. “Probably took a little more than he did on this day last week. So continued improvement right there.”

Reed has been working with the team during practice but Kubiak said the decision is likely to be a game-time decision for the Titans game, like he was last week. Although, Kubiak said last week, the team made the decision that he wouldn’t play early Monday morning. They didn’t even test him out for the game that day. Instead, they gave him a more strenuous workout.

If Reed is truly a game-time decision, he will work out shortly before the game in front of trainer Geoff Kaplan and general manager Rick Smith. Those two will then tell Kubiak if they think the player can play or not. The coaches and trainers have been working with Reed throughout the process. Kubiak said the biggest thing was learning more about how Reed dealt with the hip injury that made him miss the beginning of the 2010 season.

Even if Reed is able to play in the home opener on Sunday, Shiloh Keo will make his second straight start. If Reed does play, the team will work him back into action slowly.

“He’s right there going into his first preseason game this week in a lot of ways,” Kubiak said. “I think the question right now is when is he ready for those first 25, 30 plays. So that’s what we’re trying to make a decision on but we’re making good progress. I just think that we have to keep going and preparing the way we’re preparing and when we get there, it’ll be a big plus.”

Other injury
Darryl Sharpton was back on the field with his teammates in pads today. That was the final stage of his concussion protocol, Kubiak said. Sharpton will officially be over the protocol on Thursday evening.

J.J. Watt (quad bruise) was technically a limited participant in Wednesday’s practice. Kubiak said it is very minor.