By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) –  The Houston Texans returned to practice on Wednesday after a Tuesday players off-day. Here are some of the News Notes and Quotes From Wednesday’s practice at the Methodist Training Center.

>> JJ Watt was in full pads with the rest of the Texans and did not seem to be favoring his back at all. Watt is expected to play in Sunday’s opener against Chicago. Watt expects to be on a play count but does not think he needs it.

> INJURY UPDATE: Watt (back) and Rookie wide-out Will Fuller (hamstring) were listed as “Limited Participants” in practice. Akeem Dent was listed as a “Full Participant” in practice on Wednesday, but is still in the concussion protocol. Offensive tackle Derek Newton was a full participant as well.

> Brock Osweiler’s first game as a Texans is against Chicago on Sunday. Osweiler made his first career start in 2015 against Chicago as a member of the Denver Broncos.

>>  Jadeveon Clowney who has been relatively healthy since the early days of training camp said he continues to work on new pass rush moves. He made mention that he has improved as a pass rusher and has spent the week working on counter moves with his defensive line coach Anthony Weaver.

>> Derek Newton was asked how long he will play on Sunday and said “I’m in there until coach pulls me out,” Newton said. Newton missed all but a couple days of training

>>  Braxton Miller is a former Big 10 player of the year at the quarterback position, but it is very unlikely that he will see snaps as a Texan. Miller was asked Wednesday if he was the emergency quarterback if  it came down to it. Miller laughed it off and said ,”It hasn’t come up and I hope it don’t come up. We got a good thing going so far and just doing my job, that’s what matters the most.”


Alex Del Barrio can be heard on Saturday afternoons with Matt Murphy from 4-7 pm. Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio


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