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Camp Confidential: Day Nine (8-4)

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

Here is what you need to know about today’s practice:

>>>Not practicing: Johnathan Joseph, Akeem Dent, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster, Brian Cushing, Tyson Clabo, Kendrick Lewis, Louis Nix, Lonnie Ballentine, Jadeveon Clowney, Kofi Hughes, and Brandon Brooks. Brooks’ absence continues to be puzzling. He’s still not doing any running or real physical activity.

“When Brandon is ready to practice he’ll come out and practice,” Bill O’Brien said. “The issue there is, when you’ve missed all that time you’re not in football shape. That is a concern.”

Andre Johnson did do some side work, meaning he could be getting closer to a return.

>>>With Brooks sidelined, Xavier Su’A-Filo is working at every position on the offensive line, except center.

“I’m really trying to be diligent,” Su’A-Filo said Monday. “(I) work on something different every single day.”

To get up to speed Su’A-Filo has been following around Duane Brown and Chris Myers.

“It’s a lot for a rookie but he’s responding,” Left tackle Duane Brown said. “He’s getting better everyday and that’s all you can ask for.”

>>>The defensive line had an above average day. They were constantly batting down Ryan Fitzpatrick’s passes. Jared Crick had a strong day swatting Fitzpatrick on consecutive plays.

>>>D.J. Swearinger continues to get more comfortable in Romeo Crennel’s system. With Case Keenum under center, he released a tight end up the seam and jumped on a deep zone to snag an interception. It was a very savvy play from the second year safety.

>>>C.J. Fiedorowicz is closing the gap between him and Ryan Griffin. After Garrett Graham, he took the majority of the first team reps today. Fiedorowicz said after practice he likes to pattern his game after Rob Gronkowski.

“I just like the way he plays,” Fiedorowicz said. “He’s a guy who can dominate the run game but also the pass game. I just like how he’s a well rounded old school tight end. He’s not afraid to get dirty.”

>>>Bill O’Brien had his players working on specific situations today. They went over hail mary situations, trick kick-off returns with laterals, and fourth down scenarios.

“(We worked on) critical situations that come up in a football game,” Duane Brown said. “It’s good for us to just be able to react quickly and to process everything quickly.”

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