Texans receiver Andre Johnson has said that new teammate Ed Reed will be ready to play in Week One of the regular season, following offseason hip surgery.
Reed isn’t ready to make that same vow.
‘I’ve got to get this scar tissue down and get this tightness and soreness, that I feel consistently, out of there,” Reed said, via quotes distributed by the team. “Once I get that out, I can kind of push it more. I’m not to the point where I can run 100 percent and certain things I would do, volume of work I would do at the end of it, I feel my hip. I can do the running, I’m doing the running, I’m doing the sled pulls, I’m back pedaling, I’m breaking, I’m opening the hip up to stuff like that, but at some point it kind of grabs, so I just got to get that scar tissue out and that edema out and everything. Once that kind of subsides, I can have a better timeline for you. I know I’m close, I can tell you that, and that it is close. I can’t say that it is the first game because I don’t know, but Dre is speaking it.”
Reed had some fun with Johnson’s explanation that Reed will be ready to go.
“Hey, if Andre said it I guess I got to do it,” Reed said. “This is his team, so like I said, if he said it then it’s true, right? No, but I’m working out to get back as soon as possible cause being on PUP you can’t be out there with your teammates moving around, communicating. It’s a little tougher, just talking in the meeting rooms and learning it just from a book standpoint and not physically doing it. It’s always tougher, but I’m doing as much as I can to learn it mentally and watch the guys move around and communicate in meeting rooms. It’s coming along well and, like I said, if Dre said it then it shall be.”
It remains to be seen when we’ll see Reed play for the first time since Super Bowl XLVII for an NFL team other than the Ravens. But it sounds like Reed knew from the moment the Super Bowl ended that his time in Baltimore had, too.
Reed said he sent a “get me to Houston” text message to Johnson the day after the Super Bowl, because “I kind of knew things.”
For now, Texans fans would be happy to know what Reed really knows about when he’ll return.