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Ed Reed’s role for Texans continues to shrink

Ed Reed

Houston Texans safety Ed Reed (20) gets ready to defend during an NFL game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO., Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/TUSP, Jay Biggerstaff)


Among the many disappointing aspects of the Texans season — and they are legion — the money they seem to have wasted on Ed Reed is among the most stark.

Signed to a three-year, $15 million deal this offseason, Reed didn’t even start the last game, and is playing fewer and fewer snaps as the season goes on.

He’s still listed as a starter, but last week, Shiloh Keo and D.J. Swearinger took the first snap, and most of them against the Colts.

Swearinger played all 62 snaps, Keo 48 and Reed 32. Most of Reed’s work came as a third safety in dime packages.

Reed had started the previous game against the Chiefs.

That’s something that’s best for the team and whatever is best for the team that’s what we got to do” Swearinger told Will Grubb of SportsRadio 610. “I would like to see him out there a lot but that’s out of my hands, out of his hands and you know, that’s what is best for the team.”

Since he missed the first two games, he’s yet to be a part of a win with the Texans. He’s also still waiting on his first interception, sack or pass defensed.

That makes it more and more likely he’s a short-term rental for the Texans, who expected more from him and a lot of other people.