The safety position in the NFL is one of the most inconsistent, confusing and mysterious spots in the league. Hard hitting safeties are often the talk of the defensive side of the ball, but these players naturally find themselves in spots that lead to injury. With that being said, the Houston Texans should expect newly acquired safety Ed Reed to miss a few games in the coming seasons.
Reed has only missed 16 games during his 11-year career, but the recent news of him undergoing surgery to repair a small labral tear in his hip has Texans fans questioning the signing already. Reed agreed to a three-year deal with the Texans this offseason and is owed $9 million in the next three years combined. The ex-Baltimore Raven is a Super Bowl champion with plenty of expertise, however expecting him to play in 16 games every year is asinine.
In addition, the Texans just used a second round draft pick on D.J. Swearinger who was a four-year safety at South Carolina from 2009-2012. Wisely, Texans general manager Rick Smith selected a player who is able to be thrown into a starting role if and when Reed goes down with an injury.
At 34-years-old, Reed is no longer the player he used to be, so Swearinger is definitely the future at safety for Houston. Texans fans should become accustomed to seeing Reed sidelined, but they should also understand that the wily veteran must be available when it matters most which is the playoffs. Resting Reed all preseason is not the end of the world, especially when the Texans are surefire contenders to repeat as AFC South champions.
Texans fans, keep your eye on the prize and understand that Reed is going to be on the injury report at least once during his tenure.