HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans first Monday of the regular season is in the books. Here are the notes and quotes you need to know from Bill O’Brien’s press conference.

Arian Foster is ahead of schedule

“Arian is doing well. Relative to the injury that he has and the prognosis early on I would say he’s ahead of that.”

O’Brien said he could change his mind but that Foster is working hard to get back and he expects him to be back “sooner rather than later.” He didn’t give a timeline for Foster’s return.

Foster has been out of action since injuring his groin in the first week of training camp.

Jadeveon Clowney is slated to play week one

“I like where Clowney’s at,” said O’Brien. “I think, coming back from that injury, I do think there’s a certain day-to-day concept to him.”

He noted Clowney has been working hard to string practices together.

He will be on a snap count, though. O’Brien didn’t reveal what he thought the count would be.

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Hard Knocks is over

With the final episode airing, Tuesday night the HBO production is already out of NRG stadium where they had been camped for over the past month-plus.

O’Brien is thrilled.

“Probably in my 45 years, probably one of the best days of my life. Next to the birth of my children and my wedding,” said the head coach when asked about Hard Knocks leaving. He did offer a “no offense to Hard Knocks” at the end.

Xavier Su’a-Filo is back practicing

“So far looked like he was playing left guard and moving ok,” O’Brien offered about Su’a-Filo.

Praise for the Chiefs

Bill O’Brien was very complimentary of Sunday’s opponents from Kanas City. He lauded the team’s playmaking ability on offense calling out Jamaal Charles and Jeremy Maclin among others by name. He said Alex Smith is a good quarterback then he turned his attention to the defense.

He told a story about coaching an offense against Tamba Hali when he was with New England and how difficult it was to try to block him. He said of Hali and Justin Houston that they are “electric” off the edge and it will be a big challenge for the tackles, tight ends, and running backs.

Hoyer Still Improving Ahead of Opener

“Brian has progressed every day,” O’Brien said. “His last two or three weeks of camp have been very good. He’s been accurate. He’s been smart with the ball. He’s got leadership qualities that we like. Very very hard-working guys. He’s in here all the time. It’s very important to him.”

Hoyer will make his first start for the Texans in the regular season opener.

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