Houston (CBS Houston) – Since Houston Texans safety Ed Reed underwent off-season hip surgery in the off-season, many figured he would return by Week 3 as the Texans head to Baltimore to face the future Hall of Famer’s former team.
“We’ll have to assume that he’s going to play,” Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said. “We’d be surprised if he didn’t play in this game, and we’ll have to assume that he’s going to play the way he’s played in the past.”
Texans coach Gary Kubiak told the media that Reed’s workout Thursday was the “most aggressive we’ve had him in situations in practice.”
“Another big step forward,” Kubiak continued. “All indications are we’re heading in the right direction. We’re going to continue to watch him coming out of a tough practice. How does he feel tomorrow? Is he sore as we head into the weekend? But he’s really practicing well right now. That’s all I can tell you. So, we’re headed into the right direction.”
Reed, 35, said he is most likely going to be a game-time decision but that he’s feeling a lot better.
“I got out there today and did some work a little bit more as the weeks go by, which is good,” said Reed. “I’m feeling a lot better. Trying to push it a bit more to see exactly how I feel if I go full-throttle.”
If Reed does play, it could change the make-up of the Ravens approach. Reed does admit that this game won’t be as emotional for him as one would think.
“I never thought I would be in these shoes. But it’s an awesome feeling to go back and see my brothers and coaches,” explained Reed. “They turned the page too; the page was turned a while back. One thing I know is that football doesn’t change. There’s no bad blood and I know how this business works.”
Reed is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection and the NFL’s all-time active leader with 61 interceptions for 1,506 interception return yards. He was asked if he was going to “come-off-the-bench” and he replied like a veteran.
“This ain’t basketball man, I ain’t coming off the bench,” joked Reed. “I know what Wade (Phillips, defensive coordinator) would want; he would want me for the long haul.”
Reed explained that Baltimore helped in his growth as a player since he spent 11 years with the Ravens and knew that this week shouldn’t be about one person returning but more about two great teams.
“This is the ultimate team sport,” said Reed. “This is not about one player and this is definitely not about me going back and Winning one for the Old Gipper.”
Reed did say that the Ravens did have a special team last year and it feels very similar to what the Texans have in 2013.
“We had a special team, explained Reed. “We went through something special. I was saying it the whole year that we were on that road. And I’m telling these guys, they (Texans) have the same thing because I feel it.”
The Texans head to Baltimore Sunday, September 22.
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