Excitement was short lived in Houston following the signing of veteran safety Ed Reed in free agency. News came shortly after the acquisition that Reed needed surgery on a torn labrum and would miss a substantial portion of training camp.
Questions have been raised about how much the veteran has left in the tank and if health will be an issue during his tenure with the Houston Texans.
Reed met with the local media for the first time since surgery Tuesday, and had plenty to bring to the table. Mostly, his idea of what caused his hip injury in the first place. He said:
“Only play I can look at is when I got kicked by a certain quarterback but even then I played in the Super Bowl and you saw what happened there,” Reed said. “Even then I had two MCL sprains, a second degree one in the left in the Super Bowl in the first quarter and played through that. So if you’ve got any questions about my heart and how I play and how I work (that’s your answer).”
Reed is certainly addressing a play in the AFC Championship game against the New England Patriots when QB Tom Brady slid to avoid a tackle and kicked at Reed.
The kick seemed like an unnecessary and intentional dirty move by a QB sliding to avoid contact, all while delivering a high swiping kick at an approaching defender. Reed’s comments will only help to fuel the budding rivalry between the Texans and Patriots, one that New England has gotten the better of in recent seasons.
Only time will tell if Reed can bounce back from the injury and continue to play his position at an elite level. His comments about “a certain quarterback” will certainly make the December rematch of these two teams all the more interesting.