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Camp Confidential: Monday Afternoon (8-12)

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Houston (CBS Houston)Editor’s Note: Camp Confidential will feature daily news and notes throughout Texans training camp.

The Texans wrapped up Monday with a jog through session under the practice bubble. Here is what you need to know:

>>> After practice, the Texans traded wide receiver Jeff Maehl to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for reserve offensive lineman Nate Menkin.

Menkin signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent May of 2012. The Eagles claimed him off waivers September 1, and he spent most of the season on the active roster, though he didn’t play a snap. Menkin was placed on the IR in December with a throat cartilage injury.

Maehl played three seasons for the Texans. He played 3 games in 2011 with 0 receptions, and spent all of last season on the practice squad. He had two drops in Friday’s preseason opener. The Oregon grad joins his college coach Chip Kelly in Philly, joining an injury ravaged receiving corps.

>>> Brian Cushing could be back in game action Saturday against the Dolphins. Cushing said he’s approaching this week as if he will indeed play:

“I plan on it.” said Cushing. “Obviously this is not my decision, and we’re taking things day by day, but I’m practicing to play. So we’ll see what happens and see how I feel by the end of the week.”

Defensive coordinator Wade Phillips expects him on the field at Reliant too.

“We should see him this week,” said Phillips. “He’s been practicing. He’s been sick a little this week. But he’s going to be practicing so I think he’ll be ready.”

>>> Wade Smith is still bothered by his bruised knee, and saw a doctor earlier this afternoon. We will update you on his status after practice tomorrow morning.

>>> Safety Danieal Manning was asked if he noticed any difference between this season and last year. He had an interesting answer:

“We fight a lot around here right now,” said Manning. “Last training camp we didn’t fight as much. That’s a good thing. Guys are battling for positions.”

>>> Newly signed Texans linebacker Elliot Coffey was working at Enterprise Rental Car last week.

“I got a call from my agent [last Tuesday],” said Coffey. “He said that the Texans are interested and you have a workout on Sunday. I had to leave work, and started working out for the next five days as hard as I could and it worked out.”

Now he’s a Houston Texan.

“It’s incredible,” said Coffey. “It’s the best place I could possibly be. Friends and family all the way around here, grew up a Texans fan. It means the world for me to throw on this jersey and say bulls on parade is my crew now.”

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