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Saturday, September 7, 2013
Shiloh Keo ready to start

By Tania Ganguli

HOUSTON -- Safety Ed Reed continued the process toward returning for the Texans.

But he will not start Monday, giving way to Shiloh Keo, who Texans coaches have talked up all preseason and through camp.

"He's just a much improved player through opportunities and repetition," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's just has much more confidence in what we're doing and had a real good preseason. Just seeing the natural progression of a young player that all of a sudden gets pushed into a starter role and he responds to it. So he's done that."

Keo's had plenty of opportunity this summer with last year's starter Glover Quin gone and Reed recovering from his April hip surgery. It's hard to tell just how far a player's come in the preseason, though. Monday will be a real test of Keo's progress.

Some other notes from Kubiak today: