On paper, the Texans have a solid defense coming back.
But at the moment, that paper is in the form of a medical file.
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips told 610 AM in Houston (via the Houston Chronicle) that outside linebacker Brooks Reed had surgery this offseason to fix an injury sustained during the season.
“I’m concerned like I am with anybody that’s coming off an injury, is coming off an operation,” Phillips said, when asked initially about Ed Reed. “I believe in our people and they say, hey, he’s going to be fine, [Brian] Cushing’s going to be fine. Even Brooks Reed had an injury last year and was operated [on] in the offseason. You’re always concerned about it. I don’t want to blow it up to say I don’t think they will be back because I think they will.”
Brooks Reed missed four games last year with a torn groin. Phillips also said inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton was recovering from the hip problem that landed him on IR last year.
“Darryl’s not healthy enough right now to do our offseason stuff,” Phillips said. “He’s still not been cleared by the doctors from his injury at the end of the season.”
If all those guys are well, the Texans should be ready to make another playoff run. But the sheer number of guys on the medical report makes it a cause for concern, even in May.