Ed Reed tried to talk coaches into playing him Sunday

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The Texans have been willing to give veteran safety Ed Reed time to recover form his offseason hip surgery, but he told coach Gary Kubiak Sunday he was ready to return.

“I think he was standing there Sunday saying, ‘I can give y’all something,'” Kubiak said, via Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com. “We just, we felt like, . . . the other decision — that was the best decision.”

Of course, everyone in the world is expecting him to play this week against his former team, the Ravens. Kubiak tried to downplay the significance of the opponent, however.

“I don’t sense that this is an earmark,” Kubiak said. “I think he’s been giving us everything he has to come back. . . . I see the same driven guy that I’ve seen the first few weeks.

“It just happens that here, we go to someplace that he’s played.”

The 35-year-old hasn’t played since having arthroscopic surgery in April to repair a torn labrum in his hip, and the Ravens have been careful to try to make the best long-term decisions.