Ed Reed, Brian Cushing recovering

Updated: May 21, 2013, 8:12 AM ET
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HOUSTON -- Texans coach Gary Kubiak says safety Ed Reed is doing "really well" as he recovers from hip surgery.

The nine-time Pro Bowler signed a three-year, $15 million contract in free agency and will miss all of the Texans' organized team activities, which began Monday.

"The expectations are for him to leave Colorado sometime this week," Kubiak said. "But it's going good."

Linebacker Brian Cushing will also miss the OTAs as he recovers from left knee surgery. Cushing tore his anterior cruciate ligament after a rolling hit by New York Jets guard Matt Slauson on Oct. 8.

He said his rehab has gone well and he has no restrictions on the knee.

"There haven't been any setbacks," Cushing said. "It's felt great, I'm starting to feel like me again. That's a hell of a feeling, considering how hard it was some mornings just to get up.

"But it's just night and day and it's in the past. It's full-throttle now, and I'm going to go as hard as I can until I'm back."

Later Monday, in an interview with ESPN's "NFL Live," Cushing said, "I'm doing great," when asked about his recovery from surgery to repair his ACL.

"I'm about seven months out now, right on track," Cushing said, adding he's "on schedule to start training camp."

Kubiak said linebacker Brooks Reed took reps at inside linebacker, which allows draft picks Sam Montgomery and Trevardo Williams to play with the first and second teams. Monday was also the first opportunity for first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins to take the field with fellow receiver Andre Johnson.

"I'm not thinking too much about it, I'm thinking through it," Hopkins said. "I'm trying to make everything perfect."

Hopkins impressed coaches at last weekend's rookie minicamp and Johnson said Hopkins has been a quick study this week.

"He seems to know everything," Johnson said. "I haven't seen him make any mistakes as far as lining up or anything like that and he hasn't busted any plays. It's all been positive so far."

Quarterback Matt Schaub, who missed OTAs last year as he recovered from a broken foot, said Hopkins already carries himself like a veteran.

"It's only day one out here, but you see that he's not got the `deer in the headlights' look," Schaub said. "He's ready to go and is very positive and just works hard."

With the addition of Hopkins, Johnson thinks the Texans will have the best collection of receivers in his time in Houston. Hopkins joined Lestar Jean, an undrafted free agent in 2011, and 2012 draft pick Keshawn Martin in Monday's drills.

Setting the tone, 2012 defensive player of the year J.J. Watt was the first non-kicker to take the practice field on Monday morning.

"We have a lot of new faces on this team and we have to let them know what it's like to play in this organization and be playing in this city for this team," Watt said. "There is a culture around here -- you work your butt off. That's what you have to learn."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.