HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Ed Reed was welcomed into the Texans mandatory minicamp Tuesday with a throng of reporters who wanted details on his surgery and subsequent absence from offseason activities. Reed wrapped up his festivities with the Super Bowl-winning Ravens last week and joined the Texans team, albeit on the sidelines, for the first time since he signed in March. Currently undergoing rehab, the Pro-Bowl safety talked about his April 30 hip surgery and how it differed from surgery in April 2010 when he missed 10 games of the regular season with the Ravens.
“The one a couple of years ago, he (the doctor) had to take a piece from my IT band. I had to have reconstructive surgery. I had to have some bone spur stuff shaved down. This one, like I said was a minor procedure. I definitely feel a lot different than I felt last time,” said Reed.
In fact, Reed said he likely injured it during the season but kept playing on it. He felt like “something was there” but played up to, and including, the Super Bowl because he figured it was a minor issue.
“If I go back to it, the only play I can look at is when I got kicked by a certain quarterback. Even then I played in the Super Bowl and you saw what happened there. Even then I had two MCL sprains, a second degree one on my left in the Super Bowl in the first quarter. Played through that.”
When asked if the “certain quarterback was New England’s Tom Brady, Reed confirmed it but brushed off the significance of how his injury occurred.
“It happened. Brady called me after that and apologized but that’s neither here nor there. What happened, happens and we’re moving forward.”
So when exactly did the Texans find out that their 3-year, $15-million safety needed surgery? Reed said the tear showed after his physical with the team but before he signed.
“Once I came here, and started to run, it was like, let’s look at this again. We did an MRI and sent it to Phillipon.”
Dr. Marc Phillipon, the doctor that performed Reed’s surgery in Vail, saw the tear and recommended he undergo arthroscopic surgery. Ultimately, the decision was left up to Reed. The 34-year old said he sat in a room alone and prayed about because he really did not want to undergo another surgery. He decided to go head with it because it “was the right decision.” Now in his second month of rehab, Reed is still not giving a definite answer as to whether or not he’ll be ready to play in Week 1.
“There’s really no timeline. I know what I want and I know what we want as a team, as an organization. We’re just going to keep on grinding, keep on working, shoot for September,” Reed said. While he would not reveal his goal for returning, he did mention his goal for the season was to prevent any injury that would knock him out of the playoffs. “At the end of the day, the smartest thing to do is to be ready when it really counts. That’s the latter part of the season when you’re trying to make that run or when you’re making that run to the playoffs and onto the Super Bowl in New York.
“I made promises that I intend to keep and my goal is New York, if you really want to know,” said the veteran safety. “I think everybody knows that because that’s the ultimate goal at the end of the day.”