NFL news roundup: Ed Reed signed by Jets, Christian Ponder expects to start

Scott Halleran

Ed Reed is now a member of the Jets, while Christian Ponder is expected to be back in Week 11.

Veteran safety Ed Reed didn't have a long wait without a team, as the New York Jets signed him two days after he was released by the Houston Texans.

Reed was supposed to be the final piece to the Texans' defense, but disappointing performance paired with early-season injury cost him a starting job. It's unclear whether Reed's release was purely performance-based, as he was critical of coaches following the team's Week 10 loss, but the Jets believe there's something left in the tank.

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New York currently has the NFL's 22nd-ranked pass defense and is pushing for a playoff spot. The Jets hold a Wild Card spot currently, but have an opportunity to pressure the New England Patriots.

Christian Ponder feels better, expects to start

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder had one of his best games of the season against the Washington Redskins, but dislocated his shoulder in the team's win.

A 10-day layoff following Thursday Night Football could be enough time to heal. Ponder told the media that he expects to start in the team's Week 11 matchup against the Seattle Seahawks.

Sam Hurd sentenced to 15 years in prison

Former NFL wide receiver was sentenced to 15 years for his role in a large-scale drug distribution enterprise, in which he bought cocaine from an undercover police officer.

The 28-year-old former receiver played six seasons in the NFL, totaling over 700 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

Chris Houston's father implicated in Hurd case

More connections to the NFL sprung from the sentencing of Sam Hurd, as it was alleged by the defense that the father of current Detroit Lions cornerback Chris Houston was the primary partner in the drug ring, not Hurd.

There has been no acknowledgement of the claim by Houston or his father at this time.

BenJarvus Green-Ellis has been playing with a broken thumb

Cincinnati Bengals running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis has fumbled just once this season, despite playing with a broken thumb.

Green-Ellis believes he's back to full strength, which will be welcome to a team struggling with offensive consistency this season. Quarterback Andy Dalton has been unreliable in the last two weeks, increasing the need for the Bengals to lean on their running backs.

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