The story of the Week 12 Houston Texans matchup against the New York Jets started long before the game. Starting safety Justin Reid was deemed inactive and it was a shock to both he and his teammates.
Reid, who was a 3rd round draftee in 2018 has held a starting position every season thereafter. This is the final season of his four-year contract.
“I’m actually really shocked at (Head Coach David) Culley’s decision to make me inactive. I couldn’t believe it,” Reid explained on Sunday. According to Fox 26’s Mark German, a “disagreement during a team meeting” occurred.
Reid went on to say, “I thought the meeting went amicably, and then I came to practice Friday and after practice was done, he called me into his office and said he benched me for disciplinary reasons.”
Finally, Reid said, “It is what it is. I’m shocked that it happened, and I’m just gonna root for the guys out there and just keep cheering my teammates on.”
The rooting may have helped for the first quarter but the 14-3 lead that the Texans built up over the Jets plateaued into no additional scoring for the rest of the game. Slowly but surely the Jets bounced back to a 21-14 victory. This particular loss is a heartbreaker as it cements a losing season for the Texans squad.
The Texans will face the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday December 5th at home.