HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Ed Reed, who signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Texans in March, will miss the OTAs (organized team activities) with the team which are scheduled to begin May 20th.
Last week the 34-year old Reed underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a labral tear in his hip, as reported by John McClain of SportsRadio 610 and the Houston Chronicle. Reed is undergoing rehabilitation and is expected to be back in time for training camp, according to the Houston Texans.
The nine-time Pro Bowl safety has had a history of hip problems, missing four games in 2009 due to hip pain. In April 2010, Reed underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum which caused him to miss the first six games of the 2010 NFL season. It is unclear whether Reed’s latest surgery was due to a lingering problem or if he had re-injured more recently.
ESPN’s show NFL Live discussed Ed Reed, the implications of his surgery, and concerns regarding his return for Texans.
“What you worry about is that this isn’t the first time they’ve had to dig into the hip to try and fix it and then you wonder about the fact that they’re now doing it at an older age. What is going to be the turnaround time and is it going to have any limitations for him? That’s why you have to be concerned about it because this is an older body right now and of course older bodies don’t tend to heal as quickly. Still they (Texans) expect to have him in camp and they know they better have him camp because they need him at the safety position,” said John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider.
“Ed Reed is a smart, veteran player. He’s played a ton of football and he’s going to put himself in the right position,” Mark Schlereth, former NFL lineman, said. “Are you concerned? Certainly, but if anybody can overcome that type of injury and play at a very high level, it’s Ed Reed.”
Former NFL safety Brian Dawkins added, “This is something obviously something he’s had before so he understands what he needs to do to get back and the thing for me is just the lingering effects of it. Being able to go throughout a whole season without having any of these things come back. Those are the type of concerns that concern me.”
Since his return in 2010, Ed Reed has not missed a single game, playing 42 regular season games and 8 postseason games. While Reed undergoes rehab, several players on the Texans roster will be stepping up this offseason. North Carolina Safety D.J. Swearinger, the Texans’ second-round draft pick, along with third-year veteran Shiloh Keo and the recently signed Eddie Pleasant off the practice squad, will likely be getting more key reps with starters during OTAs and training camp.