By DEEPI SIDHU, SportsRadio 610

HOUSTON (CBS Houston) – Texans wide receiver DeVier Posey is excited to begin the next stage of his rehabilitation next week following the end of OTAs.

“I should be out on the field next week doing drills and getting acclimated to the heat and getting my foot on that solid ground again, getting used to that gravity.  I’m looking forward to it.  I think I’m ready,”  Posey said after OTA practice on Monday.

Being sidelined with an Achilles injury from January, Posey is not expected to return until the middle of the 2013 season.  Lately, he has kept himself busy studying not only his parts of the playbook, but those of the other receivers as well.  Posey has also focused on strengthening his upper body and core while being limited with his foot.

“Those are the two components, getting the muscle memory back and the strength back and having the mental strength to know it’s fixed,” Posey said. “The idea is to always come back stronger and better. That’s just what I’m trying to do.”

Posey tore his left Achilles tendon on January 13 during the Texans’ playoff loss in New England.  His long road to recovery, along with the loss of veteran receiver Kevin Walter, may have been the catalyst to the team drafting wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in the first round.  Posey was emerging as Texans’ third receiver last season  and possibly number-two for 2013 until his injury in the playoffs.  The second-year receiver will have to wait until the season is underway to make that push.

“These next three months are the most important part of my rehab because of the field work and the strengthening part.  As pain progresses and things progress, I’ll be able to do more and more. I’m a pretty tough guy; I can take pain so we’ll try to get out here as soon as possible.