HOUSTON – Last week, Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that safety Ed Reed would indicate when he was healthy enough to play. And once he's physically fine, Kubiak said he has no qualms about Reed starting right away.
The Texans have remained mum, but they've likely already made their decision about that. Kubiak also said last week that the decision would come on Monday or Tuesday of this week.
On Monday, Reed did just individual drills.
On Tuesday, he graduated to practicing fully.
The biggest issue with Reed right now, with him having missed so much time in the offseason, is when he can be in football shape. That's not a comment on the work Reed has done in the wake of arthroscopic hip surgery in April to repair a torn labrum. It's just that his work so far has been of a different nature than the work that gets you into playing shape.
"You can tell he’s not entirely 100 percent," cornerback Kareem Jackson said. "He’s working to get back to 100 percent. He’s working in the right direction. Hopefully, he’ll be there soon.”
Reed has said all along that what's important for him is being available for the latter parts of the season and the Texans' playoff run. If he returns before feeling like himself on the field, even if the injury has healed, that could deal a blow to that strategy. In that case, waiting could be the smart move. Timing will affect his success.