Texans release safety Ed Reed; Foster on IR
Houston (AP) — The Houston Texans released nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed
Reed and put running back Arian Foster on injured reserve Tuesday, the
latest blows in a disaster of a season.
Reed missed the first two games after hip surgery and was recently
relegated to a backup role. On Friday, he expressed his displeasure at
not starting. On Sunday, after Houston's seventh straight loss, he
publicly criticized the team and said they had been outplayed and
outcoached in the team's first full game without coach Gary Kubiak, who
is recovering from a mini-stroke.
Interim coach Wade Phillips, who is the team's defensive coordinator,
seemed unhappy when asked about Reed's comments on Monday.
"Everybody has their own feelings about what's happening," Phillips
said. "They have their own ideas about what's happening or didn't
happen. We try to keep everything in house."
A few hours before the Texans announced his release, Reed tweeted:
"Thanks to the Texans! And the City of Htown!"
The 35-year-old Reed was signed to a three-year, $15 million contract
in the offseason after he spent his entire 11-year career with
Baltimore. The Texans courted him in an effort to beef up what they saw
as an elite defensive unit that needed an upgrade in the secondary to
make an expected run at the Super Bowl.
But Reed never showed the playmaking ability he had become known for in
Baltimore and had just 16 tackles this season.
The move could mean the end of the career of a player many believe is
the best to ever play his position. He was the AP Defensive Player of
the Year in 2004 and led the league in interceptions that season and
again in 2008 and 2010. He's made the Pro Bowl in each of the last
seven seasons and was a five-time All-Pro.
He started each game for the Ravens last season and had four
interceptions and 49 tackles to help them to a Super Bowl win. A
first-round draft pick in 2002, his 61 career interceptions were most
among active players and he has 109 passes defended, 524 tackles and 11
forced fumbles in 167 games.
The Texans (2-7) have gone from Super Bowl contenders to AFC
bottom-feeders. Besides Kubiak's health problems, quarterback Matt Schaub was benched and standout linebacker Brian Cushing was lost for
the season to an injury.
Now the Texans lose Foster, who needs back surgery. He didn't practice
last week after injuring his back on Houston's first series against
Indianapolis. The former Pro Bowl player gained 542 yards on 121
carries with one touchdown and had 22 receptions and another score this
Ben Tate, still recovering from four broken ribs, carried 15 times
Sunday against the Cardinals for just 56 yards. He is expected to start
against Oakland (3-6) on Sunday, backed up by Dennis Johnson and Deji Karim.
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