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Ed Reed Questionable For Season Opener

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Ed Reed might not be the big addition the Texans planned if injuries keep him off the field. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images.
Ed Reed might not be the big addition the Texans planned if injuries keep him off the field. Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images.

Newly acquired Texans safety Ed Reed may not be ready as expected for the season opener against the San Diego Chargers on Monday Night Football, Sept. 9 as Reed had arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip on April 30th.

The Texans had signed Reed with the intent of having him bring a veteran defensive presence on the field, but that is now in question.

According to Reed, he said his injury may have been caused when he was kicked by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Brady stuck his leg up as he was sliding to avoid being tackled and was later fined $10,000 by the NFL for the kick.

If Reed is really unable to go, Texans rookie safety D.J. Swearinger will be out on the field without the guidance and leadership of Reed.

It will be interesting to see how the rookie will perform in his first few games.

Swearinger will likely be tested early by quarterbacks unless he can prove to be a playmaker and make offenses look for different parts of the Texans different to pick apart. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is known as a gun slinger and will provide that first test by trying to throw the ball to his receivers that are being covered by Swearinger.