The Texans welcomed Will Fuller V (knee/ankle) and Christian Covington back to the field on Tuesday while Vince Wilfork (groin), Brian Peters (quad), and Jaelen Strong (ankle) all missed Tuesday’s practice.
The key injury to watch is Wilfork and his status through the week heading to Jacksonville. D.J. Reader will have to move to nose tackle if Wilfork cannot go on Sunday.
Both of the Texans running backs remain banged up, which has been the case since prior to the Detroit Lions game, where Lamar Miller went into the meeting with a shoulder issue and Alfred Blue with a rib injury.
Miller’s shoulder injury was well padded for the Texans last game against the Lions and he is trying to get back to full strength before Sunday’s meeting against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“Yes. Last week helped me out a lot, you know, just resting and just taking care of my body, getting treatment, and stuff like that. That week helped me out a lot,” said Miller of resting up during the bye week. “I’m just getting a lot of treatment right now. Just trying to get better. Hopefully, this Sunday I’ll be good.”
Another solid plus is that Quintin Demps is finally returning to the field and was a full participant during practice. Having Demps back will help shore up the safety position due to his experience as a player.
DeAndre Hopkins Trying to Stay Involved
DeAndre Hopkins has not had the statistical season that most expected this season. Hopkins currently has 40 receptions for 434 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Hopkins continues to be focused on the team achieving their goals instead of worrying about his own accolades.
“Our team is number one in our division so whatever I’m doing, whatever my presence is in the football field, it’s better than having numbers and my team not being number one in our division if you ask me,” explained Hopkins. “So right now, I’m in a good place. It’s not really a numbers game for me, it’s more my team winning the ultimate goal.”
Hopkins' value is being measured more than just on the field, especially with a young group of receivers around him. Braxton Miller and Will Fuller V have been pushed into early, prominent roles and they are depending on Hopkins to help them navigate NFL life.
“Those are two guys that are very football, they have a great football IQ,” said Hopkins of the rookie duo. “They come from two good colleges; you can tell, they pick up on things fast so I haven’t had to do a lot of coaching I would say, because those guys pick up on things fast. They watch and they learn.”
Brock Osweiler Took the Bye Week to Step Away
Brock Osweiler has had an interesting start to his tenure with the Texans, a start which has been clouded with interceptions. Like seasons before, the quarterback position has been the focal point of the up and down play but Osweiler made it through the bye week taking every snap for the Texans at the position.
Osweiler made sure he unplugged from the game to reset himself for the second half of the season.
“I did. I got completely away from football, and I think that’s very important,” explained Osweiler. “Not only during the bye week do you need to rest your body physically, but I think you need to rest mentally. We put in so much time and effort to studying game plans, studying opponent film, practice – it’s just mental, mental, mental. I think physically and mentally it’s very important to get away during the bye week. I was very fortunate to be able to do that.”
Osweiler, on the season, has thrown for 1,719 yards at a 59.3% completion percentage, with 9 touchdowns and 9 interceptions on the season.
The Texans were busy after the bye week, signing Josh Walker to the 53-man roster while waiving Jeff Adams. Adams, after clearing waivers, was signed back to the practice squad. Also, the Texans brought back Wendall Williams to the practice squad. Williams replaced wide receiver Quentin Bundrage, suffered an ACL injury on Monday in practice (Aaron Wilson, Houston Chronicle).
The Texans practice squad sits
Jeff Adams, OT
RaShaun Allen, TE
Akeem Hunt, RB*
Ufomba Kamalu, DE*
Eric Lee, OLB*
Dan Pettinato, DE
Shakeel Rashad, ILB*
Denzel Rice, DB
Chad Slade, OG*
Wendall Williams, WR
* denotes practice squad since week one.
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