Ed Reed (hip) doesn't rule out missing regular season games
When asked about playing his former team, the Ravens, in Week 3, Reed said, "I plan on being back for Week 1, but as you've known me for the longest time, I'm going to be smart about my injuries and make sure I'm there for the later part of the season when the team really needs me."
This isn't overly concerning, but it is definitely worth noting. Reed was originally said to have a shot at being ready for the start of training camp. Repots then suggested that he wouldn't be ready until midway through camp. Now Reed is suggesting that there is a chance he sits out the beginning of the regular season.
All things considered, Reed waiting to get one hundred percent healthy is the smart move. He is an 11-year veteran and his team should be good enough to win football games without him. There's no reason for him to push his limits and risk further injury before he's fully healthy. However, the Texans probably would not have given him the three-year, $15 million contract he signed in March if they had known his hip would be such an issue.
Highly touted second-round draft pick D.J. Swearinger has been taking first-team reps in Reed's absence, and will likely receive the starting job if Reed isn't ready for the start of the season. Swearinger has already received a ton of praise from head coach Gary Kubiak for his work in OTAs.