The Texans are releasing free safety Ed Reed today.

Reed was demoted and replaced by Shiloh Keo in the last two losses to Indianapolis and Arizona.

After Sunday’s 27-24 loss to the Cardinals, Reed, who was in on 12 plays, said the Texans were “outplayed” and “outcoached.”

On Monday, interim coach Wade Phillips, who made the decision to demote Reed, said he preferred to keep his reaction to Reed’s criticism “in house.”

Reed, 35, played 32 snaps in the 27-24 loss to the Colts.

The Texans signed Reed for a three-year, $15 million dollar deal, including a $2 million signing bonus and $5 million guaranteed. He had a $1 million base salary this year. The team is not responsible for any more money to Reed but his contract will still affect the salary cap in 2014 and 2015.

Before Reed suited up for the Texans, he underwent arthroscopic surgery on his hip. He missed camp and preseason and the first two games – victories over San Diego and Tennessee.