Good news for Houston Texans fans: cornerback Johnathan Joseph returned to practice on Tuesday, and he said he’s all but certain he’ll be ready for the regular season opener against Washington on Sept. 7.
“Week 1 is no doubt in my mind,” he said on Tuesday. “Right now, I’m just doing what I can to help out the younger guys, just out there playing and practicing.”
Joseph, 30, missed all of offseason workouts while recovering from a season-ending toe injury suffered in December, and made only a few appearances during head coach Bill O’Brien’s first NFL training camp.
The former Pro Bowler said he’s just being cautious.
“I just wanted to be smart about it,” he said. “Because in camp a lot of times, guys get out there and the trainer put them on schedule, and the guy started to feel good, and then they wanna go out and do more than they should be doing. So right now I wanna be on the schedule that we made, just be smart about it.”
The Texans are in Colorado this week for three joint practices with the Denver Broncos before Saturday’s preseason game, an opportunity Joseph seems to be thoroughly enjoying.
“Any time you have a chance to go one week against [Atlanta Falcons quarterback] Matt Ryan, the next week against [Broncos quarterback] Peyton manning, in a full practice setting, it’s just great,” Joseph said.
“Because you’re never going to get that type of work, even throughout the preseason. You don’t have many that many plays where you play a full game, so we have a chance to practice and get, you know, a game-type situation.”
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