Texans linebacker Charlie Clemons is keeping quiet this week. He doesn't intend to give the New Orleans Saints any bulletin-board material.
"I've been in the league for a while, and I've had one other game where I played
against a former team," Clemons said. "You have friends over there, guys you
went to battle with. But it's not going to be an over-hyped situation where I'll
try to go in there and kill anybody. I don't have bad blood. It's not like
Clemons played three seasons with the Saints from
2000-2002 before the team cut ties with him after last season. While playing for
former Saints defensive coordinator Ron Zook, Clemons had the best year of his
career in 2001 with 13 1-2 sacks. But when Zook left to replace Steve Spurrier
as the head coach at the University of Florida, Rick Venturi was elevated to
defensive coordinator. Clemons was moved to inside linebacker, he recorded only
one-half sack and he struggled to remain healthy.
stop the Texans from investing $6.7 million, including a $1.3 million signing
bonus, to sign Clemons as the replacement for team sack leader Jeff Posey.,
"I know the nature of this business," Clemons said. "I
could have had a great year last year and still been in this situation. This
whole thing is a business. You never know how important you are to an
organization until you're gone. You have to move on. I'm with a new family. I've
embraced this like I've been here all of my life. This is a great organization
that puts its best foot forward trying to win. We've got some guys who really
want to win."
In the Texans' season opening victory over Miami,
Clemons had four tackles, four quarterback pressures and a fumble
--DE Gary Walker said he is right on schedule in his
recovery from a sprained left shoulder, although he hoped the healing process
would have been quicker than originally diagnosed. Walker has been sidelined
since Aug. 15 and has been practicing on a limited basis. Coach Dom Capers said
Corey Sears likely will make his second straight start Sunday against the
Saints. "It's not taking longer than we thought it was going to take," Walker
said. "I was just hoping it would be quicker than what everybody had said. We're
just trying to be smart with it."
-- DE Corey Sears will make
his fifth career start with Pro Bowler Gary Walker out with a shoulder injury.
Before this season Sears made three starts with Arizona from
-- Second-year RB Jonathan Wells, who has been
sidelined more than a month with turf toe on his left foot, said he is ready to
play. The decision is now up to the Texans. Coach Dom Capers said a decision on
how many running backs the team will carry on the active roster will depend on
which players can provide special-teams contributions. The Texans carried three
backs for the opener - Stacey Mack, Domanick Davis and Tony Hollings.
-- The Texans signed inside linebacker Justin Seaverns
to their practice squad.
-- The Texans re-signed linebacker
Jimmy McClain and waived linebacker Armegis Spearman. McClain was the only
undrafted free agent to make the roster last season, playing in 15 games mostly
on special teams.
-- LB Antwan Peek is out for Sunday's game
with a sprained ligament in his right knee.
-- With rookie
Antwan Peek out with a knee injury, Steve Foley is the only healthy backup
outside linebacker on the roster.
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