Texans safety Justin Reid not expected to play against Panthers due to knee injury

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HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans safety Justin Reid was held from practice this week with a knee injury and is not expected to play Thursday night against the Carolina Panthers.

Backup safety Lonnie Johnson Jr. took his reps at practice and is expected to be paired with safety Eric Murray.

Reid was listed as a limited participant in Monday's walkthrough, but that injury report is mostly a projection for if they had a full practice.

Reid was not seen during the limited portion of practice available to the media Tuesday.

The Texans safety, who already has two interceptions and a forced fumble two games into a contract year, went down twice in Sunday's loss to the Cleveland Browns favoring his knee.

Defensive coordinator Lovie Smith on Tuesday praised Reid's play.

"If you just look at skill set, he's got great speed," Smith said. "He'll hit you. He's a smart player. He's got a lot going for him. But maybe my favorite play that he made Sunday against the Browns was our safeties also have to be able to tackle and to be able to take the ball away based on a big hit. He can do a lot of things well."

Brandon Scott manages digital content for SportsRadio 610. Follow him on Twitter @brandonkscott.

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