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Former Ravens safety Ed Reed to be released in Houston

Reed didn't make it through a full season in his first year away from Baltimore.

Ed Reed will be released by Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Ed Reed will be released by Houston, according to the Houston Chronicle.
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Ed Reed will forever be remembered as one of the best safeties to ever play the game.

But sometimes, players don't know when it's time to hang it up and call it quits. For Reed, this might be the time. On Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain reported the Texans will release Reed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Texans are releasing Ed Reed today.</p>&mdash; John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) <a href="">November 12, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Reed began the season with a hip injury that forced him to miss the preseason and the first two games of the season. However, it was clear Reed is now a shell of the dominating player he once was. In recent weeks, Reed was demoted to being a sub-package safety.

Ravens fans might've had a preference for Reed to ride out into the sunset with Ray Lewis after winning a Super Bowl championship a year ago. But Reed, who's dealt with a multitude of injuries in recent years, thought he had more left in him.

It's apparent he doesn't.

We'll see if Reed latches on somewhere else this season. But this is likely the end of the road for one of the game's greats.