Texans coach David Culley says ‘there’s a chance’ Justin Reid could play against the Titans

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  • Houston Texans
    Houston Texans
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  • Tennessee Titans
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  • David Culley
    David Culley
    American football player and coach
  • Justin Reid
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HOUSTON — The Houston Texans placed safety Justin Reid on the COVID-19 reserve list Monday afternoon, and his status for Sunday’s season finale against the 11-5 Tennessee Titans is uncertain.

According to coach David Culley, there is a chance Reid can play during the Texans’ Week 18 match at NRG Stadium under the league’s new COVID-19 guidelines — which states that fully vaccinated players can “test out” of protocols after five days to return quicker from quarantine.

If Reid remains inactive due to COVID, his absence will leave a significant void for the Texans’ secondary to fill against the Titans. But Culley believes the Texans have the personnel to endure Reid’s potential absence.

“Terrence (Brooks) has been dependable for us, and Eric (Murray) has been dependable,” Culley said prior to practice on Wednesday. “They’ve stepped in, and we haven’t really missed a beat when that’s happened, and I expect them to do the same thing if Justin (Reid) is not ready to play.”

Sunday could mark the third time this season the Texans will take to the field without their starting safety, and in the two games missed, Houston dropped both contests without Reid.

But the most prominent question surrounding Reid’s status is not his availability against the Titans but whether or not he played his final game as a member of the Texans.

Tuesday morning, Reid posted a message on Instagram in what many deemed an adieu to the Texans. Houston drafted Reid in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft and will become an unrestricted free agent when his rookie contract expires in March.

“I think that this year has just been about overcoming obstacles and growth and overcoming adversity,” Reid said prior to the Texans’ Week 17 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. “We had a good first game, and then we had, let’s just call it what it is, an abysmal stretch there where we lost seven, eight games in a row. But in that time, a lot of guys who never got the chance to play on the field got a lot of invaluable experience, Davis Mills included. I think that that’s just instilling building blocks.”

“We’re trying to create a foundation for the future of this team going forward. We’re going to ice that off with the last two games that we have this season and really just press the gas and see how good we can really get, and then build on top of that going into the next season next year.”

If the Texans’ 23-7 loss against the 49ers was his final game with the Texans, Reid will conclude his career in Houston with 315 total tackles, 23 pass deflections, seven interceptions and 2.0 sacks in 57 games played.