Houston Texans safety Ed Reed may be out longer than initially expected. Reed had offseason hip surgery and was expected to be absent until about midway through training camp, but as reported on Wednesday, Reed could miss much more time than that. Reed's injury could keep him out of regular season action in the worst-case scenario.
Here's some other headlines from Wednesday:
The Detroit Lions are in an interesting position: with an offense seemingly packed with talent and some key contributors in place on defense, most figure they should be playoff contenders, not going 4-12 with an eight-game losing streak. As reported on Wednesday, the position of head coach Jim Schwartz is an interesting one. Some think he could be on the hot seat, something vice chairman Bill Ford Jr. did not debunk when he refused to discuss Schwartz's future.
As noted over at Pride of Detroit, this is probably a make-or-break season for Schwartz, but there's no reason for the executives to publicly put that out there:
I would be pretty surprised if Schwartz is still the Lions' head coach if they go 4-12 or something like that again, but there's no real sense in Ford Jr. putting added pressure on Schwartz by declaring this a make-or-break season publicly. I'm sure Schwartz knows better than anybody that he will be looking for a new job if the Lions don't win in 2013.
For some time now, Maurice Jones-Drew has been the really good player surrounded by mediocrity in the Jacksonville Jaguars' offense. That's just how it is. So when he went down to injury last season, the Jaguars were truly among the league's worst teams. Now they have more to worry about, as Jones-Drew is reportedly out of shape and still needs to get up to speed with the team.
Fortunately, it does sound like Jones-Drew will have the time to get there prior to the start of preseason and the regular season. These issues aren't typical for a star running back, but as noted at Big Cat Country, he has plenty of time to fix things.
The Baltimore Ravens signed linebacker Daryl Smith on Wednesday. Smith has been one of the most consistent players in the league for some time, and one of the few strong performers on the Jaguars. The Ravens will likely use Smith to fill the void left by Ray Lewis, who retired this offseason. Rolando McClain was initially signed to be that eventual replacement, but he elected for early retirement. Smith is ready to start right away, so the signing makes sense.
Houston Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown underwent surgery on Wednesday to clean up bone spurs. It's significant because Brown is the starter at left tackle and, on top of that, is one of the better players at his position in the league. Brown is expected to return by training camp in July.
New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard went down with a shoulder injury on Tuesday. He was carted away from the practice field, but there's no information on how serious the injury was. Dennard was expected to start opposite Aqib Talib, and if he has to miss any kind of significant time, it will be a huge loss for the Patriots. New England has been looking for help at the position for a long while now, and the position looked to have some stability with Talib and Dennard heading into this season.