The Texans have a game to play on Thursday night, but their heads are already starting to turn to the regular season opener on September 9.
One of the things that those heads are thinking about is the status of safety Ed Reed, who has not worked with his new team on the field at all since signing with them because of hip surgery. The Texans have been fairly confident all offseason that Reed would be well enough to join the team for the opening week of the season and coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that the team expects to have information on that front after Reed visits with doctors this week.
“I think we’re going to really have a good idea when we come out of this week,” Kubiak said in comments distributed by the team. “He is in Vail today getting some injections and spending time with his surgeon. I think there’s one more trip planned to Atlanta here on Tuesday, something like that this week. As we work to Dallas, we’re going to have him do that. I think we’re going to have a really good idea where we’re at coming out of Dallas and starting our preparations because we do have what 10 days or something like that to get ready for San Diego.”
While the Texans are certainly hoping Reed’s play will have a positive effect from the first game of the season forward, the team’s probably not going to be too lost without him because, again, they’ve never been on the field with him when he was wearing a Texans uniform. As long as Reed isn’t missing a huge chunk of the season, the Texans are still likely to realize the benefits they hoped to receive when they signed Reed this offseason.