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Texans Cut Safety Ed Reed, Put Arian Foster on Injured Reserve

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National Football League safety Ed Reed played his first 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, nine times earning invitations to the Pro Bowl and helping the Ravens win last season’s Super Bowl, where he had an interception. Photographer: Larry French/Getty Images

Nov. 13 (Bloomberg) -- The Houston Texans released safety Ed Reed, ending the five-time All-Pro’s tenure with the team after playing seven games, and placed Pro Bowl running back Arian Foster on season-ending injured reserve.

The 35-year-old Reed, who signed a three-year, $15 million contract with the Texans in March, totaled just 14 tackles this year. He missed the first two games of the National Football League season while recovering from offseason hip surgery and recently lost his starting job.

Reed’s release yesterday came two days after he said the Texans were “outplayed” and “outcoached” in a 27-24 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Houston Chronicle said. It was the Texans’ seventh straight loss since a 2-0 start.

Reed had been demoted by Houston interim coach Wade Phillips, who took over when Gary Kubiak suffered a mini-stroke, and was in the game for just 12 plays against Arizona. He took part in 32 plays the previous week.

Reed played his first 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, nine times earning invitations to the Pro Bowl and helping the Ravens win last season’s Super Bowl.

The 27-year-old Foster, a Pro Bowl selection the past three years, is scheduled to undergo back surgery. Foster rushed for 542 yards and one touchdown in eight games for the Texans this season. He had rushed for at least 1,200 yards and 10 scores each of the previous three seasons.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net

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