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Ed Reed 'will be there' for Houston Texans' first game

Recently coming off hip surgery, Ed Reed has been nothing but hazy when it comes to his availability for the Houston Texans' regular-season opener.

One day after telling the Baltimore Ravens' official site that he wasn't sure if he'd be on the field in Week 1, Reed attempted to clarify his comments on Thursday's "NFL AM," but he only muddied the waters.

"I can't speak about Week 1 because I'm rehabbing right now," Reed said Thursday. "I don't know what the future holds. I know my rehab is going well. I know I am probably ahead of schedule, but at the same time I still got to take it slow. We are in June right now. I'm usually full-throttle, running and everything right about now, but I'm not at that point to where I'm running. So it's definitely been a challenge, but I'm always up for that."

After declaring he couldn't speak on Week 1, Reed went on to do just that:

"My whole plan, my focus, like I told (general manager) Rick Smith ... I told him my plan, my goal is to be there that first game. I will be there the first game. I don't look for anything being different, unless me and the team, coach (Gary) Kubiak, decide to do things differently. If we do that, that's about being smart because at the end of the day, it's about being there in November, December, January, February when we are making that trip to New York (for the Super Bowl)."

Not so fast. The last time Reed underwent hip surgery, in May 2010, he was sidelined for the season's first seven games. His recent procedure was categorized as "minor," but Reed is no spring chicken. He turns 35 this season.

Reed clearly doesn't know when he'll be back. And neither do we. Check back in September.

Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.

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