Swearinger should benefit while Reed's out

Gary Kubiak said his team didn't know hip surgery was ahead for Ed Reed when the Houston Texans signed him.

Now that the veteran safety's had his hip scoped, owner Bob McNair said Reed should be back for training camp, or by the middle of camp at the worst. (Here's Tania Ganguli's story from the Houston Chronicle.)

As Reed misses offseason work, second-round pick D.J. Swearinger should be the beneficiary -- playing with the first team before shifting into a reduced role once Reed is full speed and taking his full load of reps.

That's a silver lining.

A highly-regarded rookie gets significant action right from the start in a bit of a baptism by fire while the veteran is in his ear.

Reed, in turn, is a smart, experienced player who won't suffer much for having missed the time and will have enough practice to get a solid sense of the guys who will be lining up around him.

Swearinger will be better equipped to play as the Texans' third safety after working as their second safety.