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Ed Reed to be released by Texans on Tuesday

Ed Reed tweeted his thanks Tuesday to the City of Houston and the Texans. (Larry French/Getty Images) Ed Reed tweeted his thanks Tuesday to the City of Houston and the Texans. (Larry French/Getty Images)

Houston Texans free safety Ed Reed is expected to be released from the team on Tuesday, according to a report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

According to McClain, interim head coach Wade Phillips made the decision to demote Reed in favor of Shiloh Keo in the last two losses to the Indianapolis Colts and Arizona Cardinals. After the 27-24 loss to Arizona last Sunday, Reed had said the Texans were "outplayed" and "outcoached." He played only 12 snaps that game, after seeing 32 snaps in the 27-24 loss to the Colts a week earlier.

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Phillips said on Monday, a day before news broke of Reed's release, that he preferred to keep his criticism of the nine-time Pro Bowler "in house."

After 10 years with the Baltimore Ravens, the 35-year-old signed a three-year, $15 million deal with Houston, which included a $2 million signing bonus and $5 million guaranteed.

On Tuesday, Reed tweeted his thanks to Houston. The Texans play next at home against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 17. 

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