The Texans won’t open their season until Monday night, giving safety Ed Reed an extra day to convince the team that he’s healthy enough to play.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Friday that there’s a chance that could happen. Kubiak said that Reed was able to do more in practice on Friday and that he thinks the veteran safety has a shot to get on the field against the Chargers.
“He had another good practice today,” Kubiak said, via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. “He’s come a long way. I can’t say he won’t play.”
Reed’s response to a stepped-up practice schedule will likely play a role in the team’s ultimate decision as will the big picture of what lies ahead for the Texans this season. While they’d obviously like to have him on the field, an opener against a Chargers team that doesn’t look particularly threatening may not be worth risking having Reed for the larger portion of the season.
The Texans will release their final injury report for Monday’s game on Saturday, which is when we’ll get more definitive word on the outlook for Reed in Week One.