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Ed Reed: Kick from Tom Brady led to offseason surgery

06.11.13 at 5:02 pm ET

Ed Reed said Tuesday that a kick from Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the AFC title game may have ultimately caused him to suffer an injury and undergo offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip.

Reed hinted to reporters that incident — a play where the quarterback was sliding to avoid a tackle and ended up nailing the veteran safety — led to an injury. Reed said that looking back, there’s only one play where the injury could have happened.

‘€œOnly 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 reporters. ‘€œEven 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).’€

The defensive back, who signed a free-agent deal with the Texans in the offseason, said Brady has since apologized for the slide. Brady was fined $10,000 for the incident.

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