Will Grubb, SportsRadio610By Will Grubb

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:

>>>Brian Cushing practiced for the first time.

He didn’t take part in any of the contact portions, but it was still a significant step as he recovers from an LCL injury and a fractured fibula.

“I feel a lot better, I think this year than I did this time last year,” Cushing said Wednesday. “I feel a lot more confident now.”

He’s not expected to play against Atlanta, but talked at length about the mental struggles of being out for two straight years.

“When guys leave the building, the season is over and you’re in there by yourself just rehabbing everyday. There’s not many people around. It is kind of tough to deal with that,” Cushing said. “It has been a tough past two years but I feel that the worst part is over.”

>>>Andre Johnson and Arian Foster both returned to practice and both sat out the contact portions.

Ronnie Brown and Jonathan Grimes split the first team reps, when Foster was out.

>>>Johnathan Joseph and Elbert Mack did not practice.

>>>T.J. Yates and the Atlanta Falcons were in town for the first of two practices against the Texans.

The Falcons have a much more laid back vibe. They would take their helmets off for the non-contact sessions and could be seen laughing and joking on the sidelines. The two teams ran 11 on 11 and 9 on 7 drills. The Texans offense got more work in today than the Falcons offense. It will be interesting to see if that flip flops tomorrow.

“I’ll have memories for the rest of my life, of what I accomplished here and all the friends I made here,”T.J.  Yates said. “Being able to see them and say hi to them, it’s been pretty special.”

>>>Cornerback A.J. Bouye had a good day in coverage against Roddy White.

The Falcons offense was crisp for most of the day. White beat Bouye once early on, but after that Bouye was with him step by step on every play. It’s a very good sign for Bouye, who could be counted on a lot this year.

>>>Case Keenum had a decent showing.

Keenum took some second and third team reps and looked sharper than he has in recent practices. He did have one interception and a few off-target throws, but at least he wasn’t out-shined by T.J. Yates, who the Texans cut in favor of him. At one point, Case hit DeVier Posey for a touchdown pass of about 30-yards.

>>>Ryan Fitzpatrick had an up and down day against the Falcons secondary.

A DeAndre Hopkins tipped pass led to an interception. The Falcons defensive line was getting to him quickly early on, but he did rebound in some of the later periods completing passes in 11 on 11.

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