Phillips' decision to reduce Reed's playing time is not a huge surprise. Reed has just 14 tackles, with no passes defensed or forced turnovers in six games played. Reed struggled badly against the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7 and saw much less playing time after the team's Week 8 bye. Keo played 49 snaps against the Colts, and Reed played just 32 snaps. Rookie D.J. Swearinger played 63 snaps.
Reed is due $4 million next season. It's hard to imagine he'll be back in Houston, and it wouldn't be a surprise if we're seeing the final year of his likely Hall of Fame career.