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Texans Notebook: Xavier Su'a-Filo Banged Up, Tom Savage Returns and More

Updates on Tom Savage, Xavier SU'a-Filo and the wide receiver group.

Xavier Su'a-Filo Dealing With Injuries

There have been some questions regarding Xavier Su'a-Filo, who did not start last Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts, and people want to know exactly what the reason was. Oday Aboushi started at left guard for Su’a-Filo but soon flipped to right guard after Jeff Allen suffered a concussion. 

Bill O’Brien addressed the situation concerning Su’a-Filo. O’Brien mentioned that Su’a-Filo is “banged up” and that his health is the biggest reason for the change at left guard.

“It had a lot to do with it, yeah. It had a lot to do with it,” said O’Brien of the injuries to Su’a-Filo and his not starting. “Xavier played against Indy and obviously he’s probably going to play a lot on Sunday. So yeah, it had a lot to do with it.”

According to sources close to the situation, Su’a-Filo is dealing with a hand injury that he has been playing in game with for over a month and also a knee issue. 

“When Xavier went in there, I talked to him during stretch today, he had a couple blocks that were hellacious blocks. He did a nice job when he went in there. I think he’ll be ready to go on Sunday,” explained O’Brien. 

Tom Savage Returns 

Texans backup quarterback Tom Savage returned to practice after missing the past two games with an elbow issue which required a hospital trip and antibiotics. 

O’Brien’s was happy to get Savage back on the field healthy. 

“Tom looked good today. Took some reps today. Obviously, he takes most of the reps on the look team,” said O’Brien. “Took some reps with the offense today. He looked good. Looked like he was ready to go.”

There was major concern for the health of Savage when the incident with his elbow occurred and making sure his health was the primary concern moving forward. Savage was seen wearing a compression sleeve over his throwing arm where the elbow issue occurred. 

Brock Osweiler is Frustrated for his Receivers

After building the entire season to put together a solid offense, the group will have to do it without Braxton Miller and Jaelen Strong moving forward. Working with the two for the entire off-season and particularly Strong in Arizona prior to the start of camp, Osweiler is now frustrated that two of his teammates are done for the season. 

“Well, it’s frustrating for kind of selfish reasons,” said Osweiler of losing Strong and Miller for the season.

“You want to be able to develop chemistry with your young receivers, and there’s nothing that replaces building chemistry like reps – in practice, routes versus air, seven-on-seven, team reps,” Osweiler continued. “When those guys are injured and they can’t be out there at practice, we’re not able to get those reps.”

Strong missed over a month before being placed on the injured reserve with an ankle injury and Miller will miss the final month of the season due to re-injuring the shoulder on which he had surgery while in college at Ohio State. 

This is the second season in a row that the Texans have had receivers on whom they were depending go down with injuries, missing important snaps on the field. 

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