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Brooks Reed | Linebacker

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (28) / 2/28/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 254
College: Arizona
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The Texans have yet to open contract talks with free agent OLB Brooks Reed.
Reed, 27, is expected to test the open market. He's managed just 14.5 sacks over four seasons, but has consistently graded out positively against the run. Reed is Rotoworld's No. 13 free-agent edge defender. Feb 21 - 6:43 PM

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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.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 10:07:00 PM

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.
Mon, May 12, 2014 06:49:00 PM

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.
Mon, May 20, 2013 02:38:00 PM

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.
Source: CSN Houston
Sun, May 19, 2013 05:53:00 PM

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 last November and December 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.
Wed, May 15, 2013 09:29:00 AM

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

If the Texans had retained Connor Barwin, Reed would have kicked inside next to Brian Cushing. Now that Barwin is an Eagle, Reed is needed in a pass-rushing and edge-setting role. He's posted just 8.5 sacks through his first two NFL seasons, but has been a quality defender against the run.
Thu, Mar 14, 2013 09:23:00 PM

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 in 2012.
Thu, Feb 21, 2013 04:01:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jan 5, 2013 03:17:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jan 4, 2013 11:00:00 AM

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said OLB Brooks Reed (groin) will be "touch-and-go" for Saturday's Wild Card playoff game against the Bengals.

"I can say this, if he can walk he’s going to play. He wants to play. We think we had a decision to make yesterday, which was very important to him playing some more football this year and we think we made the right one," Kubiak said. Reed has played in just one game since suffering the injury on Thanksgiving. He'll likely be limited to pass-rushing situations next weekend.
Mon, Dec 31, 2012 06:55:00 PM

Texans declared OLB Brooks Reed (groin) inactive for Week 17 against the Colts.

Reed returned for last week's loss to the Vikings, but was only able to practice on a limited basis, and won't risk re-injury. Whitney Mercilus will replace him at weakside linebacker. The rest of the Texans inactives are CB Stanford Routt, OL Andrew Gardner, CB Alan Ball, OL Cody White, NT Terrell McClain, and OL Antoine Caldwell.
Sun, Dec 30, 2012 11:37:00 AM

Texans OLB Brooks Reed (groin) is expected to start Sunday's game against the Colts.

Reed aggravated his troublesome groin issue against the Vikings last week, but the Texans are now calling it normal soreness. He'll likely be on a snap-count in Week 17 even though the Texans need to win to clinch the AFC's No. 1 seed.
Tue, Dec 25, 2012 09:41:00 AM

Texans OLB Brooks Reed aggravated his groin injury during Sunday's Week 16 loss to the Vikings.

Reed can't get over the hump. "Just aggravated, just scar tissue moving around," he said afterward. "It's nothing serious. Just decision to prevent myself from re-injuring it. I felt like I wasn't 100 percent out there. I didn't want to hurt the team to be out there and not going full speed. Just gotta take care of it more." The Texans' once-dominant defense has shown significant cracks since Reed and Brian Cushing went down.
Sun, Dec 23, 2012 08:48:00 PM

Texans OLB Brooks Reed (groin) will return to the starting lineup in Week 16.

Reed's severe groin strain cost him four games. The second-year outside 'backer managed just 2.5 sacks in the season's initial ten contests, but Reed stood out as a run defender. His return will give the Texans' pass-rushing rotation a boost, allowing Whitney Mercilus to play fewer snaps and stay fresher.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 01:25:00 PM

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