Ed Reed is pushing for a return in September after undergoing pretty major hip surgery in April. Actually, for pro athletes, there's no such thing as a minor hip surgery. Reed doesn't need to blame any external forces for his fragile body. All you have to do is take a peek at those patches of gray hair in his roots and you begin to realize that he's just an aging safety who's taken some bone-jarring hits that his grandkids are going to feel. That's a fact. 

However, he believes he's uncovered the mystery surrounding his latest injury and blames an unlikely foe for his offseason surgery. Reed's laid out plenty of quarterbacks in his career, but Tom Brady may be the first to leave him battered and bruised. 

Via New York Post:

Reed, the Texans' new safety, thinks that when Brady slid into him during last season's AFC Championship game, it was the reason that he had to repair a torn labrum in his hip in the offseason.

“Only play I can look at is when I got kicked by a certain quarterback, but even then I played in the Super Bowl and you saw what happened there,” Reed told the Houston Chronicle. “Even then I had two MCL sprains, a second degree one in the left in the Super Bowl in the first quarter and played through that. So if you’ve got any questions about my heart and how I play and how I work (that’s your answer).”

Reed, 34, had played his first 11 seasons with the Ravens before signing with Houston as a free agent in March, a deal for three years worth $15 million, with $5 million guaranteed.

He underwent surgery on his hip in April and his status for week 1 of the regular season is unknown. Reed missed the first six weeks of the 2010 season after undergoing hip surgery, but he said that surgery involved more significant reconstruction.