Houston Texans safety Ed Reed received an injection in his hip in an effort to help his recovery process as he continues to work his way back from offseason surgery. Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said the team will know more about Reed's status following the latest procedure, via Mark Berman of Fox 26.
Reed's status has been one of the biggest question marks for the Texans this offseason. The team and the 34-year old safety have said they were hopeful he would be able to return to the field in time for Week 1, but there hasn't been a timetable for his return.
Reed flew to Vail, Colo. to meet with the doctor who performed the procedure. Kubiak said the meeting was the last step before Reed could return to the field. The injections don't necessarily mean Reed won't be ready for the season opener, but for now he remains on the physically unable to perform list. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said he does not expect Reed to be ready for Week 1.
With so much uncertainty, it's difficult to project when Reed may return to the field. He could still be active for the season opener, or he could remain on the PUP list to open the season and miss at least the first six games of the year. At this point, not even the Texans are sure when he'll play. If Reed is unable to play in Week 1, Shiloh Keo or rookie D.J. Swearinger will likely start in his place.