By JULIE TAKAHASHI, SportsRadio 610
(Photo Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

(Photo Credit: Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Houston (CBS Houston) – The Houston Texans are finishing preparation for their final preseason game on Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys. Tuesday at the annual team luncheon head coach Gary Kubiak addressed who will be sidelined and who will play.

DeAndre Hopkins was the first player to be addressed and coach Kubiak thinks Hopkins could play Thursday in Arlington.

“I think there’s a good chance,” Kubiak said. “I’d like him to play a little bit but that will be up to the doctors.”

Coach Kubiak didn’t want to rush offensive linebacker Whitney Mercilus back on the field who has been struggling with a hamstring injury.

“No, I don’t see that happening,” Kubiak on if Mercilus would be on the field Thursday night. “I don’t think we make that decision with such a short notice here. The fact that we’re going there on turf, I think we use our time to get ready for San Diego.”

Coach Kubiak did have some better news as he shared that wide receiver DeVier Posey is scheduled to play in his first preseason game since being sidelined and even practiced Tuesday morning.

“He practiced today,” Kubiak said. “He’s going to play in the game; he’ll probably make a brief appearance.”

Posey tore his left Achilles tendon January 13 during an AFC divisional-round playoff loss at New England, and coach Kubiak finally thinks Posey needs to “get his feet wet.”

“He’ll probably play about 12 plays,” coach Kubiak said Tuesday, after the team’s annual luncheon. “He’ll get hit, get tackled and all that confidence he’s been working on, just make sure he’s ready to go. But he’s good.”

Texans take on the Dallas Cowboys for their fourth and final preseason game on Thursday in Arlington.

Follow Julie Takahashi on Twitter: @Julie_Takahashi


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