Over this past offseason, the Houston Texans only bolstered their already-elite defense in effort to finally get themselves into Super Bowl contention. Bringing in a Pro Bowl safety coming off of a championship season figured to help the cause quite a bit.
Former Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed signed a three year, $15 million deal with the Texans this offseason and Houston was excited for him to join what they have going on defensively.
Coming on board with guys like J.J. Watt, Brian Cushing and Jonathan Joseph among other stud defenders should not only improve Reed’s game even further, but elevate the Texans’ defense into arguably the top spot in the league.
Reed’s plans have changed just a bit since signing his new deal as he found out he needed surgery to fix a nagging hip injury. He seems to think he is right on schedule, if not just ahead of schedule at this point. But, his status for week one against the San Diego Chargers is still up in the air.
“My expectations were right where we are,” Reed said according to Sports Illustrated. “Yes, we are a little bit above and beyond where I’m expected to be at this point. This hip wasn’t that severe as the left one, though it’s still tight at this moment. It’s going well.”
Reed told The Houston Chronicle that he “really doesn’t know if he’ll be ready for Week 1 or not.”
The way Houston played last season defensively, I wouldn’t be too worried right now over Reed’s injury. The problem would grow more severe if the surgery proved not to fix the issue entirely and his hip continue to bother him from here on out. Hopefully for the Texans, the surgery is the end of the road for those injuries.