HOUSTON — The Houston Texans expect to have a better idea whether injured safety Ed Reed will play in their season opener by the end of this week.
Coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that Reed, a former Destrehan standout, is in Vail, Colo., visiting the surgeon who performed his April hip surgery to repair a partially torn labrum. He will receive injections in his hip during the visit and then travel Atlanta later this week to continue his rehabilitation.
The Texans wrap up their preseason on Thursday night at Dallas and open the season Sept. 9 at San Diego.
“I think we’re going to have a really good idea of where we’re at coming out of Dallas,” Kubiak said of Reed’s status.
It is the second hip surgery for the 34-year-old Reed, who also had a procedure in 2010 that caused him to miss the first six games of that season.
The nine-time Pro Bowler, who joined the Texans in the offseason after spending his entire career with the Ravens, has been on the physically unable to perform list since the start of camp.
But he has said that his rehab is going well and that he believes he’s ahead of schedule.
Kubiak stressed that they have been part of all the decisions and plans as he recovers, even though he’s spent a lot of time away from the team working with the people in Atlanta who helped him come back from his last procedure. They aren’t concerned that his recovery will bleed too far into the season even if he isn’t ready for the first week.
“I think we feel good about understanding where he’s at and I think the question is if he’s going to be ready right off the get-go,” Kubiak said. “That’s something that’s got to get sorted out here pretty quickly.”
Kubiak said he had a long conversation with Reed on Sunday before he left for Colorado and that he assured him he’s steadily improving.
With Reed out, the Texans have had a chance to give rookie second-round pick D.J. Swearinger extra work, and have been impressed with his development.
He could play a big role if Reed isn’t ready to play in the opener.
The added playing time Swearinger and Houston’s other young safeties have gotten in camp and preseason games has Kubiak confident that the secondary will be fine even if Reed can’t play early.
“You’ve got to understand our approach, our whole training camp our approach has been without him so the team’s not going to panic,” Kubiak said. “We understand.”
GILMORE OUT 6-8 WEEKS; QB TUEL GETS CALL: In Orchard Park, N.Y., Buffalo Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore will miss six to eight weeks with a broken left wrist.
Coach Doug Marrone provided the update Monday, two days after Gilmore was hurt in a 30-7 preseason loss to Washington.
As for quarterback, Marrone added he’s planning to have third-stringer Jeff Tuel start in the Bills’ opener against New England on Sept. 8.
Veteran Kevin Kolb is out indefinitely after sustaining a concussion against Washington. And rookie EJ Manuel is not expected to be ready after hurting his left knee.
His injury further depletes a cornerback position that already experienced depth behind sixth-year player Leodis McKelvin.
The Bills did welcome safety Jairus Byrd back to practice for the first time since the two-time Pro Bowl player signed his one-year, $6.9 million franchise tender last week.
MOEAKI FRACTURES SHOULDER: In Kansas City, Mo., injury-prone tight end Tony Moeaki, fractured one of his shoulders in Saturday night’s preseason victory over Pittsburgh.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Monday Moeaki was undergoing further exams on the shoulder and did not say when the tight end would return. The Chiefs play their last preseason game Thursday night against Green Bay before making final roster cuts by Saturday.
It was unclear exactly when Moeaki got hurt, but Reid said it occurred late in the Steelers game. Moeaki was hit near the shoulder and then tackled to the ground on it.
The Chiefs were already banged up at tight end with rookie Travis Kelce dealing with a bruised knee. Reid said Kelce could be back in practice this week.
WILLIAMS HAS HYPEREXTENDED KNEE: In Eden Prairie, Minn., Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams has a hyperextended right knee but no ligament damage after a low hit the Vikings felt was illegal.
Coach Leslie Frazier said Monday that an MRI on Williams also revealed a “significant” bone bruise as well as a strained posterior capsule, the thick structure that surrounds the knee.
Williams was hurt Sunday at San Francisco when 49ers guard Joe Looney took him down with a chop block away from the play in the third quarter. Williams didn’t see the hit coming, and Frazier said after the game the team would probably send video to the NFL for possible punishment.
The Vikings have been planning to rotate Williams and rookie Sharrif Floyd this season. Floyd is recovering from a minor left knee injury.
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