By: Joshua ReeseBy Joshua Reese

Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – “It’s been a long journey to get to this point,” left tackle Duane Brown said Friday sharing that on Sunday he will make his 2016 debut.

The Houston Texans pro-bowler for months has been rehabbing and trying to make it back from surgery on his quad which he hurt in during the final regular season game of 2015.

“(I’m) very excited to get out there with my teammates and contribute,” Brown said, “it’s a big test, I’m looking forward to it.”

Brown last week was able to start taking part in practice again and each day since he’s been ramping it more and more getting ready for his 2016 return.

“I think this week has been a good test, testing it out, testing my body out and how I feel going full speed against our defense,” Brown said, “so far it feels good, I’m sure I’ll get out there and I’ll feel pretty good.”

No word on how much Brown will actually be able to take part in, but head coach Bill O’Brien mentioned Friday that they did have a plan for him.

“I think we’ll just play it by ear,” Brown said, “it will be my first game action, a lot of people have been through training camp, preseason and four games already, this being my first action, I have to just see how I feel and go from there.”

While this is going to be Brown’s first taste of football this year, he doesn’t expect to have any issues with chemistry on the offensive line.

“I’ve been playing next to Xavier (Su’a-Filo) for a while now so me and him have a good rapport and kind of are in sync already,” Brown said.

It may take a week or two for Brown to fully knock off the rust but he will be a welcomed addition to the Texans offensive line.


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