(NEW YORK) — Houston Texans safety Ed Reed plans on playing in Week 1 against the San Diego Chargers.
Reed underwent hip surgery in April, but isn’t pushing himself just yet.
“I know I’m probably ahead of schedule but at the same time I have to take it slow,” Reed told the NFL Network’s NFL AM on Thursday. “It’s definitely been a challenge but I’m always up for that, it’s in my blood. I’m a challenger at heart.”
Reed won a Super Bowl last season with the Baltimore Ravens and was brought over to provide leadership on the team.
“My whole plan, my focus, like I told (general manager) Rick Smith… I told him my plan, my goal is to be there that first game. I will be there the first game. I don’t look for anything being different, unless me and the team, coach (Gary) Kubiak, decide to do things differently,” he said. “If we do that, that’s about being smart because at the end of the day, it’s about being there in November, December, January, February when we are making that trip to New York (for the Super Bowl).”
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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