Brooks Reed returned for the Texans’ first playoff game on Saturday after missing the regular-season finale with a groin injury.
According to head coach Gary Kubiak, Reed managed to stay healthy and will be ready to go again for the divisional round game in New England on Sunday.
“Obviously winning’s big but coming out of the game with him, with no setbacks was huge,” Kubiak said. “He took all his snaps. He looks fine. He practiced today. He’s a big part of what we do. I think he makes us balanced us with our pass rush and what we do, so it’s great to have him back.”
Reed started the game on the strong side and played 37 snaps or 76 percent against the Bengals.
Reed actually missed the last game between the Patriots and Texans, when the Patriots won 42-14 in Week 14. Reed missed several games before returning to play against the Vikings. He re-injured his groin in that game and missed the finale.
Kubiak said that having Reed back gives the team some flexibility to move guys around if they need to. See, the Texans have burned through three different middle linebackers this season; Brian Cushing, Darryl Sharpton and Tim Dobbins all hit the IR. They’re left with Bradie James and Barrett Ruud inside. If need be, they can put rookie Whitney Mercilus inside.
The only Texan who didn’t practice on Wednesday was cornerback Alan Ball. Ball returned after a substantial absence with a toe injury last week. Kubiak said keeping him out on Wednesday was a precaution because the team practiced inside on the turf surface.