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Ed Reed out for Houston Texans' opener vs. Chargers

Did anyone really expect Ed Reed to play Monday night?

Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak kept the door open, hinting just days ago that the All-Pro safety wouldn't start but had a "shot" to see snaps against the San Diego Chargers. Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips issued equally sunny reports.

But Reed's own teammate, cornerback Johnathan Joseph, said: "Obviously, (he's) out for this game."

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport heard the same Monday, when a source who spoke with Reed confirmed the free safety made the trip to San Diego but won't play. Driving the nail into the coffin, Reed himself confirmed as much in a text to NFL Media's Albert Breer.

Still working through scar tissue in his surgically repaired hip, Reed recently labeled himself "day to day."

Third-year pro Shiloh Keo is slated to start in Reed's place. The Chargers aren't in for an easy ride against a Texans defense with the firepower to wreak havoc on quarterback Philip Rivers, but Keo, who's making his first NFL start, will be picked on if San Diego has its way.

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