Reed in pads for first time as Texan

Reed in pads for first time as Texan
September 2, 2013, 4:15 pm
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Reed gets on the field with pads on Monday

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On Monday, Ed Reed took another step toward playing in a game.

Reed was officially removed from the Texans’ Active/Physically Unable to Perform list on Saturday and was at practice on Monday in pads for the first time.  

“He came out today and ran around with his shoulder pads on,” Joseph said. “You know that’s a start.”

Whether Reed plays in a week on Monday Night Football against the Chargers in San Diego to open the season still remains in question.

Gary Kubiak said last week that the Texans will probably make a decision about Ed Reed’s availability for the Week 1 opener on Monday or Tuesday. Reed’s secondary mate still doesn’t know if he’ll have a nine time Pro Bowler lining up next to him at safety, or Shiloh Keo.

“Obviously the head coach has the final say so in those things,” Joseph said. “So I’m just waiting to see.”

Reed has yet to obviously play with the Texans and the familiarity within the secondary isn’t there yet. Because of the way he plays free safety, Joseph feels it buys him and Kareem Jackson time in coverage.

“I think it’ll buy us an extra half second, half second, second and a half, however it may be because anytime a quarterback is going to account for Ed being back there on the defense,” Joseph said.  “Every snap he’s going to know where 20 is going to be at.

And for us as the defensive backs, if he second guesses himself and thinks Ed is going to be there and he isn’t there. Or if he sees Ed coming here and he’s going to throw the ball here, it may make him hold the ball or pump fake for a second. Then we’ll have a chance for recovery if we were beaten or something like that. So I think it’s a plus to have a guy like that.”