The Houston Texans will be without one of their best defenders when take on the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.
Safety Justin Reid, a fourth-year player out of Stanford, appeared on the team’s list of inactive players a short while before kickoff. According to The Athletic’s Aaron Reiss, the 24-year-old is a healthy scratch from Sunday’s game because of disciplinary reasons.
It’s unknown exactly what was deemed to be the issue with Reid in the eyes of Texans leadership, but this isn’t the first time first-year head coach David Culley has held out a healthy player for similar reasons this season. Linebacker Zach Cunningham and cornerback Desmond King were also benched earlier in the year under similar circumstances, per Reiss.
Safety Justin Reid, the Texans’ best DB, is inactive for disciplinary reasons, per source. LB Zach Cunningham and CB Desmond King were previously benched under similar circumstances.
Also, TE Jordan Akins is a healthy scratch for the second consecutive game. https://t.co/TGE5LYFvB1
— Aaron Reiss (@aaronjreiss) November 28, 2021
— Houston Texans PR (@TexansPR) November 28, 2021
Not having Reid is quite the loss for the Texas defense, given the way that the former third-round pick has played this year. Through nine games, he’s made 40 tackles, picked off two passes and forced a fumble.
2021 has marked the fourth consecutive season that Reid has been one of the most important members of the Texans secondary. Since landing in Houston in 2018, the former Stanford safety has been one of the unit’s most reliable contributors.
However, it’s unclear how much longer that will be the case. Reid will enter free agency at the end of the season and it’s hard to believe that he would return to the Texans if disciplinary actions continue to affect his status for the rest of the year.
Houston’s secondary should be able to manage just fine against a dismal New York offense on Sunday, but will need a collection of other players to step up in Reid’s absence.
Kickoff for Jets-Texans is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.