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Reed hopes to be ready for season opener

Veteran safety recovering from hip surgery. Terry McCormick

Print This June 06, 2013, 09:38 AM EST

Ed Reed is still in recovery mode following hip surgery, but told "NFL AM" via NFL.com that he hopes to be ready for the season opener with his new team, the Houston Texans.

"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," Reed said. "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."

Reed is giving out mixed signals on his recovery, however, as he said he couldn't really speak on a timetable for when he would be back - and then proceeded to say his plan is to be ready for the opener.

I can't speak about Week 1 because I'm rehabbing right now," Reed said. "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."

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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