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By TERRANCE HARRIS, SportsRadio 610
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Texans inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton was expected to work his way back onto the practice field this week from a torn quad injury that forced him to miss most of last season.

But Sharpton experienced a setback during Sunday’s rehabilitation session, injuring his hip and now it may be another three weeks before he is able to join his teammates on the practice field.

“The news is not good, but it’s not totally disappointing,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said following Monday morning’s practice. “He’s going to miss some time. He has a hip issue that he kind of developed in his rehab process. He had a problem yesterday.

“We did a MRI on it and he’s got a problem that will take a few weeks to heal. That’s not good news from that standpoint.”

It also not good news because Sharpton was expected to be  key player in the second year of the 3-4 scheme this year. He took a major step last season became the inside linebacker in the nickel pages, which mean he was on the field more than starter DeMeco Ryans. With Ryans gone this season, Sharpton is expected to compete with veteran newcomer Bradie James for the starting inside linebacker spot opposite Brian Cushing.

Suddenly, instead of being loaded at the two inside linebacker position the Texans are now looking at a numbers problem with just a few players to rotate during training camp.

“It concerns me a little bit because Mister (Alexander) is holding up right now, that’s a good thing; you need to give Bradie and Cushing breaks here along the way,” Kubiak said. “That’s always a battle in training camp; how do you find a way to keep groups healthy and sometimes you get hit harder in one spot than the other. Him missing some significant time now has got to make us alter some things a little bit.”

The positive is Kubiak doesn’t anticipate Sharpton will need surgery and he remains optimistic he could be ready to go by the time the regular season rolls around.

“We’re going to keep our fingers crossed and put him back to work,” Kubiak said.”It’s not a situation where you can go fix. I’m not a doctor to sit here and tell you all of that, but I know it’s not something that’s operable. It can heal on its own and we’re going to let it do that, just keep rehabbing.”

There was no new information on receiver Andre Johnson who suffered a setback Sunday morning when he strained his groin during the second day of training camp. Johnson, the Texans top play-maker, missed nine games last season with hamstring injuries and was held out of OTAs and minicamp due to arthroscopic knee surgery.

Contact Terrance Harris at terrancefharris@gmail.com or follow him on Twitter @Terranceharris

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