Reed was ‘very, very close’ to playing

Reed was ‘very, very close’ to playing
September 16, 2013, 4:00 pm
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Ed Reed was a game-time decision heading into Sunday’s game against the Titans but the team opted to make him inactive, delaying his Texans debut for at least another week.

“We were very, very close yesterday. I can tell y’all that,” head coach Gary Kubiak said on Monday. “It was a long conversation but we thought we made the right decision yesterday to continue to move forward. It’s gonna be a long season and we want him there for the long haul. We’ll keep going. Today’s another good day and we’re very close.”

Reed, 35, hasn’t played a snap for the Texans in the preseason or the first two games of the season. He had hip surgery in April and missed all of OTAs and training camp. He made more progress last week but he still didn’t play. Shiloh Keo started in his place.

Sunday will be Reed’s homecoming to Baltimore, where he played 11 seasons, the last of which ended with a Super Bowl victory. Reed will obviously want to play on Sunday. Kubiak said it’s important for Reed to be able to handle explosive movements from side to side and breaking on balls. Reed is an important part of the decision-making progress when it comes to his availability, along with trainers, GM Rick Smith and coaches.

Will he definitely play?

“I wouldn’t say that,” Kubiak said. “I’d say he’s doing great. Ran with the team today. He’s right where we thought he would be. We’re still in the day-to-day process but he’s doing very well.”