HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Texans left tackle Duane Brown had stitches removed from his ankle this week and says he is ready to go for Texans training camp.

“Got my stitches out. I’m back running, everything. I’ll be close to 100% in the next week or two,” Brown said via HoustonTexans.com on June 20.

The All-Pro tackle participated in OTAs but had to sit out of the team’s mandatory minicamp after undergoing surgery on his right ankle.

“I thought it was something I could ignore for a while, then it started being an issue.  I knew it would affect my play so better to get it done early, have the recovery process, and be 100% by the season and play at a level I’m capable of.

“I had a bone spur right on my joint that was just bothering me every time that I would bend down so they shaved it down to get rid of it, cleaned up some cartilage in there, and that’s about it,” Brown explained.

Brown had started all but four games in his five seasons with the Texans.  The 6-4, 320-pound tackle earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2012.

“I think I played pretty well, the best season of my career thus far but I still have to work on technique: hand placement, footwork.  A lot of times I relied on my athleticism, but you can’t do that throughout your whole career.  The quicker you can get your technique down, and know it like the back of your hand, the better off you’ll be in the years to come.  That’s what I am looking to hone in on this offseason.”

Brown will get his chance beginning July 26 when the Texans reconvene for training camp at the Methodist Training Center.

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