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The Texans held a full contact practice this morning at the Methodist Training Center. Here is what you need to know:
>>> Pro Bowl left guard Wade Smith had an arthroscopic procedure performed on his knee today. He’ll be out at least a week – including Saturday’s game against the Dolphins – before the Texans know where he’s at. Ben Jones slides in as the starter for Smith. Jones started 9 games at right guard last season and played in 15 at the position.
“He’s very smart,” said All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown of Jones. “Someone who picked up the offense really quickly as a rookie. He has a lot of game experience so I’m really comfortable with him.”
>>> Safety Ed Reed is working with a specialist trainer that he’s worked with before to rehab his hip. Head Coach Gary Kubiak has no update on when he’ll return.
>>> Running back Arian Foster hasn’t practiced with the team in a staggering 75 days.
“Do I want him out here? Do we all want him out here? Yes, we do,” said Kubiak. “He needs to work to get ready for the season and I think we’re awful close to doing that.”
According to Kubiak, Foster’s calf (strained during OTAs) is fine, but now he’s still dealing with a sore back.
>>> With Matt Schaub missing this morning’s practice due to a death in the family, Case Keenum and T.J. Yates got plenty of reps with the first team offense. Yates really struggled. He was shaky under pressure and threw a couple of interceptions during the two minute drill portion at the end. Keenum also tossed a pick during that period, but clearly was better today.
After practice, Kubiak hinted Keenum will likely be first off the bench Saturday against the Dolphins.
“My thought process right now is…What’s his name? Case?” joked Kubiak. “For him to go second so I can even this thing out in the long haul. But whatever happens, they’re going to end up playing right down the middle.
>>> Yesterday, safety Danieal Manning said the biggest difference between this training camp and last year’s edition has been the mini-skirmishes that have broken out in practice. Today saw another one break out early.
“You love it when there’s a little aggression and when there’s a little tension,” said J.J. Watt. “That means guys are hungry. That means guys are aggressive, they are fighting and ready to roll. It makes it a little interesting, you know? It’s always a little bit fun and as a defensive guy, we’re always a little extra aggressive anyways so it’s fun to see that.”
>>> DeAndre Hopkins banged his knee making a diving touchdown reception this morning, limping off the field. Kubiak held him out of the two minute drill as a result. Hopkins did however, return at the end of practice for a walk through session.
>>> Rookie DT Chris Jones left practice with a strained calf.
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