Ed Reed's status still uncertain, despite Houston's optimism
The Houston Texas have been keeping quiet about the status of safety Ed Reed, who joined the team after winning his first Super Bowl title with the Ravens this year.
Reed is recovering from hip surgery and has been noncommittal about when he will be ready to play. Houston's GM Rick Smith has publicly been optimistic about Reed's return, projecting the safety to be ready by Week 1. From NFL.com's report:
"(Reed's) rehab is going well," Smith said. "The thing that is important, and we're focused on, is to make sure he's there Week 1 when we start playing for real."
However, at the beginning of June Reed said he had not ruled out missing some games. "I’m going to be smart about my injuries and make sure I’m there for the later part of the season when the team really needs me," Reed said.
John McClain of the Houston Chronicle wrote, "Nobody has a clue when Reed (hip) is going to be healthy and ready to play."
ProFootballTalk's Mike Florio suspects the Texans were misled by Reed before signing his three-year, $15 million deal. From the report:
Although the Texans have chosen silence and the perception of being duped over confirming that they were duped, the widespread suspicion in league circles is that they were duped. Specifically, that Reed knew he’d need hip surgery but didn’t say anything a condition that apparently isn’t normally detected during a physical.