Brooks Reed LB HOU 15 Days

Reed will start at outside linebacker in Saturday's preseason opener against the Cardinals, the Texans' official site reports.

Reed, who has been working out at both inside and outside linebacker, will open preseason as the starting strong-side backer. The Texans are pretty deep at outside linebacker with Reed, Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus all expected to see action this season.

Brooks Reed LB HOU 2 Months2 Comments

The Texans have moved Brooks Reed to inside linebacker, as expected.

One of new coach Bill O'Brien's mottos is "the more you can do." Reed could be a Tedy Bruschi-like player under ex-Patriots DC Romeo Crennel, with flexibility to play either inside or outside. In base packages, expect Reed to line up next to Brian Cushing, with Jadeveon Clowney and Whitney Mercilus on the edges. In Houston's "sub" defenses, Reed will give Houston a lot of pass-rush options.

Brooks Reed LB HOU 3 Months2 Comments

The Texans have again talked to OLB Brooks Reed about moving to inside linebacker.

Houston has been giving Reed training camp reps inside for the past few years. After the selection of Jadeveon Clowney No. 1 overall, now is likely the time Reed actually makes the transition. The Texans have a gaping hole next to ILB Brian Cushing. Clowney and Whitney Mercilus will man the outside spots. Reed has proven to be an adequate run defender throughout his career.

Brooks Reed LB HOU May 20 '13

The Texans are giving Brooks Reed reps at inside linebacker at OTAs.

An outside linebacker his first two NFL seasons and a defensive end at Arizona, Reed is getting a look at the opening next to Brian Cushing. The Texans could pull this off if and only if one of rookies Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams emerges as a starter on the outside. We wouldn't bet on that happening in 2013.

Brooks Reed LB HOU May 19 '13

Texans OLB Brooks Reed reported to OTAs at 100 percent following offseason surgery on his groin.

Reed had the surgery in late January after a groin injury cost him four games last season. Although there have been rumors of Reed moving to inside linebacker this year, he's more likely to open the season playing outside across from Whitney Mercilus unless rookies Sam Montgomery or Trevardo Williams come along much faster than expected. Reed will be a 2013 candidate for 6-9 sacks.

Brooks Reed LB HOU May 15 '13

Texans OLB Brooks Reed underwent an unknown offseason surgery.

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips revealed the procedure during a radio appearance. He didn't go into detail, but Reed did miss four games in November/December of last year due to a groin injury. Phillips suggested that Reed will be fine for the OTAs that begin on Monday, thus hinting at a minor scope.

Brooks Reed LB HOU Mar 14 '13

Brooks Reed is expected to stick at outside linebacker this season.

Brooks Reed LB HOU Feb 21 '13

Coach Gary Kubiak mentioned OLB Brooks Reed as a candidate to fill the Texans' need at inside linebacker next to Brian Cushing.

Inside linebacker was a major liability on Houston's defense last season after Cushing tore his ACL. Bradie James and Barrett Ruud won't be back. "He's very capable of being a stack player, playing inside in a 3-4," Kubiak said of Reed. "That could happen." Reed played a handful of snaps inside last season.

Brooks Reed LB HOU Jan 05 '13

Texans OLB Brooks Reed (groin) is active and will start on Saturday versus the Bengals.

Reed played in just one of the team's final five games after initially suffering the groin injury on Thanksgiving versus the Lions. He'll slot back in opposite Connor Barwin as the team's pass-rushing specialists. Rookie Whitney Mercilus will also rotate in.

Brooks Reed LB HOU Jan 04 '13

Texans OLB Brooks Reed (groin) is now fully expected to play versus the Bengals in Saturday's Wild Card round game.

"With Brooks being healthy now, (Bradie James) is capable of playing a lot of places for us, too," coach Gary Kubiak said. "So that does give us other options." Reed had been bothered by the injury since Thanksgiving in Detroit.