With four days before the start of training camp, the Houston Texans have covered their bases on a few players with question marks as to their health.

Just in case.

Linebackers Brian Cushing and Trevardo Williams and nose tackle Louis Nix III have been placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.

Being placed on the list prior to the start of camp doesn’t automatically cost a player the first six games of the regular season. But to be eligible for the PUP list once games start to matter, which does make players unavailable through Week 6, players must have been placed on the preseason variety first.

This keeps Houston’s options open.

Again, just in case.

Cushing, 27, was expected to be ready for camp after a broken fibula and torn LCL ended his season in 2013. The 2009 Defensive Rookie of the Year said last month he “knows” he’ll be ready for Week 1, though head coach Bill O’Brien said just days earlier, “I’m not sure” when asked for a timetable.

Nix, 22, missed time during OTAs with a “minor” undisclosed injury. O’Brien didn’t seem worried.

“He’s got something wrong with him but I’m not sure what it is,” he said, via the team’s official website.

“I think he’ll be fine.”

Nix’s talent was, to most draft gurus, worthy of a first round grade, but he slid to the third round amid injury concerns related to the meniscus injury that plagued and ended his 2013 campaign at Notre Dame.

Williams, 23, missed last season after landing on IR from an injury suffered in the preseason finale.


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