Texans safety Ed Reed says this kick by Patriots QB Tom Brady caused his latest hip injury. (AP Photo)
Houston Texans safety Ed Reed said his recent hip injury occurred when New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady kicked him in the AFC championship game.
Brady kicked Reed while sliding to the ground during the Ravens' 28-13 victory on their way to a Super Bowl championship. Brady was later fined $10,000 by the NFL for unnecessary roughness. Reed then had surgery April 30 to repair a partly torn labrum.
"The only play I could look at is when I got kicked by a certain quarterback," Reed said Tuesday at Texans minicamp, via Comcast SportsNet Houston. "But even then, I played in the Super Bowl and you saw what happened there."
"If you ask my trainer and ask my doctor, they can't believe where I'm at now," Reed said. "It's still a process. We want to be smart through it. At the end of the day, the smartest thing is to be ready when it really counts -- and that's the latter part of the season when you're making that run to the playoffs and on to the Super Bowl."
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