Texans head coach Gary Kubiak admitted Monday that the organization did not expect Free Safety Ed Reed to need surgery this offseason. The future Hall-of-Famer underwent hip surgery over a week ago.
“We didn’t expect it, but it started bothering him,” said coach Gary Kubiak according to HoustonTexans.com. “That’s when we got aggressive in what we needed to do.”
The arthroscopic surgery repaired a small labral tear in Ed Reed’s hip. Texans owner Bob McNair confirmed the All-Pro will miss OTA’s and perhaps the start of training camp. In fact, Reed could be sidelined until the middle of training camp. The Texans, no stranger to injuries, are approaching this injury just like any other.
It’s something we’ll have to work through,” said Kubiak. “We’ll get him healthy, and he should be fine.”
Houston’s second round pick D.J. Swearinger will greatly benefit from Reed’s absence early in the season. From the University of South Carolina, Swearinger dropped to 57th overall because of a slow forty time, but the defensive back was ranked third among safeties in the draft according to the rankings on RotoWorld.com.
The Texans signed Reed to a three-year, 15 million dollar deal with six million guaranteed. Many believe McNair was responsible for signing Reed after the team lost defensive backs Glover Quin and Connor Barwin to free agency. Houston addressed those losses by signing Reed and drafting Swearinger.
The 34-year-old has missed just 16 games in his 11-year career, but due to his age, Houston does not plan to rush Reed back too soon.