Reed is expected to need three months of rehabilitation following surgery Friday to repair damaged cartilage in his left hip.
Reed reportedly first felt discomfort in the hip during his senior season at North Carolina in 2001, but doctors never felt the injury required an operation until now.
Reed made 17 of 19 field goal attempts as a rookie in 2002 after replacing veteran Todd Peterson as the team's placekicker with six games remaining in the season.
Reed is expected to return to action for the Steelers in mini-camp in June, but the team will almost certainly look at bringing in a placekicker to compete with Reed for training camp considering the situation and his struggles last season.
Reed has hip surgery
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