The Texans will wait until gameday to decide whether free safety Ed Reed (hip) will play in the season opener at San Diego on Monday night, head coach Gary Kubiak said, according to the club’s official Twitter feed.
If Reed plays, it will be as a reserve. Shiloh Keo will get the start at free safety, Kubiak said Saturday, per the club.
Reed, 34, is in his first season with Houston after 11 campaigns with Baltimore. He had offseason hip surgery.
“I’ve been progressing,” Reed said on Friday, according to the team. “I feel strong, but I know I still have some things that are weak because you have that hip surgery; you lose strength, which you’re usually losing your glut strength, your hamstring to overwork. My left hip was compensating as well. It’s a lot of maintenance that I have to do to make sure nothing else happens and I pray nothing us happens, but you can’t control it. That’s football. You tend to have injuries.”