The status of free safety Ed Reed is still uncertain for Monday night, so the Houston Texans may still have to wait a week or so before the future hall of famer makes his debut with the team.
Signing Reed as a free agent this offseason following a storied career with the Baltimore Ravens, the defensive back didn’t play a snap with the Texans in the preseason. He was limited in practice, Thursday.
“He’s come a long way,” Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said of Reed. “There’s some progress that would have to be made to get him ready to go on Monday, but boy has he made a lot of progress.
“Today (Thursday), he participated on a limited basis in practice and so I don’t know. I don’t want to say it can’t happen because there’s been such good progress, so we’ll see day-to-day right now. Hopefully, we’ll do a little more tomorrow. We’ll put him in his pads tomorrow and see how he responds to that, but there has been great progress.”
Reed is recovering from a hip injury. Taking Reed’s snaps in the preseason has been Shiloh Keo.
“He’s just a much improved player. He got put in a situation. He knew from camp he was operating as a starter and did that through OTAs and through camp, and just responded, got better,” Kubiak said. “He’s a young player just continuing to improve. Shiloh has a great command of what we do defensive, so there’s a lot of confidence in him from that standpoint. I just think he’s taken advantage of an opportunity.”
One question asked by the Houston media was, if Reed does play, will his snaps be treated like a preseason game?
“Yeah, I think it would naturally, if he is able to play and then it’s on us to figure out how much, what’s the progression, kind of like what we’ve gone through with (DeVier) Posey here,” Kubiak said. “It’s just been encouraging from what we’ve seen to where we were when he came back after the shots, watching him moving around Monday and Tuesday, take Wednesday off and today, is very encouraging.”