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How Strong Is This Texans Team Heading In To Sunday?

By DAN MATHEWS, SportsRadio 610
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – The Texans escaped training camp and the preseason with just a few injuries as they’re set to host the Miami Dolphins on Sunday at Reliant Stadium.

The good news is that Andre Johnson, Brian Cushing, J.J. Watt and Shaun Cody all continued to practice.  So that means the Texans defense cordially known as Bulls On Parade – and the Texans best aerial threat are back on the field.

This is music to the ears of Texans fans that are hoping this season is the most special season Houstonians have ever seen.  Bryan Braman is the only active player to miss practice with a hamstring issue, that Gary Kubiak says is “touch and go” before deciding if he can play this weekend.

What’s even better news heading in to the Dolphins game?  Andre Johnson is participating in full practice and looking like the All-Pro wide receiver all Texans fans love to see on the field.  To add even more good news to it, Kubiak told reporters on Wednesday that number 80 even stayed out on the field after practice to work out with Matt Schaub.

Cody looks good by all indications, however Kubiak will work out the nose tackle on Thursday in full pads.  If Cody does well and the back holds up, then all signs point towards the veteran out of USC to be on the field come Sunday.

As for Watt, Kubiak did say he’s not going to put a play count on the second year defensive end this Sunday.  However, he does say that Watt shouldn’t play 70 plays either.  The Texans head coach does say that Watt has looked good in one on one drill’s during practice.  That being said, the plan is still for the Texans to be smart with No. 99.

Don’t let us forget Cushing.  It looks like his bruised ribs from the 49ers game are no longer an issue and he was on the field for full practice on Wednesday.  That being said, Mister Alexander is still expected to rotate in to play inside linebacker in order to give Cushing some rest against the Dolphins.

So how strong do the Texans look going in to this first game?  I’d say they look pretty pretty good.

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