The Texans didn’t officially rule out safety Ed Reed from Monday night’s opener against the Chargers until they handed in their list of inactive players shortly before the game.
If Reed misses this Sunday’s game against the Titans, that’s when we’ll find out. Mark Berman of FOX 26 reports that coach Gary Kubiak said after Thursday’s practice that Reed did more work during the session than he did at any point last week, but that the team wouldn’t make their call about whether or not Reed will play until Sunday.
“The question right now is when is he ready for those first 25, 30 plays,” Kubiak said. “When we get there, it will be a big plus.”
Kubiak also said that Shiloh Keo will start at safety whether or not Reed is in the lineup. It would be odd to see Reed on the sideline for the first snaps of a game if he’s healthy enough to play later in the contest, but the Texans aren’t going to stop being cautious about the veteran’s immersion into the lineup all of a sudden. They want Reed around for as much of the season as possible and limiting his snaps, at any point in the contest, is one way to increase their chances of making that happen.