Safety Ed Reed isn't making any promises that he'll be ready to go Sept. 9 against San Diego.
Houston's biggest offseason acquisition spoke publicly Tuesday for the first time since he started training camp on the physically unable to perform list after surgery to repair a partly torn labrum on April 30.
''I can tell you that it is close, but I can't say that it is the first game because I don't know,'' Reed said.
Texans receiver Andre Johnson said last week that Reed told him he planned to play in Week 1. Reed joked a bit when asked about those comments on Tuesday,
''I guess I've got to do it,'' he said with a laugh. ''This is his team.''
The 34-year-old Reed spent his entire 11-year career with the Ravens before joining the Texans in March. He said he still feels ''tightness and soreness'' constantly in his hip and that he'll know more about when he can play once he progresses past those problems.
''Once I get that out, I can kind of push it more,'' he said. ''I'm not to the...