Questions for Kubiak

Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak on the return of Wong and Faggins to the Texans' struggling defense. Also find out what the Texans plan to do to improve the running game this week against the Jaguars.

Q:  How is Kailee Wong progressing?
A:  "He's going to be ready to go. Like I said, we'll make the decision tomorrow, make the move tomorrow but he'll be out there Sunday. He worked some. He just didn't work (much), we're monitoring what he does, but he still got his work and I expect him to be fine."

Q:  What is the running back situation for this weekend?
A:  "Our plan is, right now, to play Samkon Gado and Wali Lundy. Our big question is if we suit three then Ron Dayne will still be available to play. With some of the things that have been going on with our team on game day, with eight offensive linemen being suited up, we've been playing games with two running backs. We might have to do that again because we've got some other issues we've got to handle."

Q:  What is the reasoning behind choosing Gado and Lundy as opposed to Lundy and Dayne?
A:  "Well… I could sit here and tell you that Ronnie bruised his knee last week, which he did, but in all honesty its that we're going to keep searching and keep looking. You can't look when you're playing three guys and Samkon, we've come out of games and we have not run the ball well and he's had I think four or five touches last week. I've got to play him, I've got to see what he can do and Wali deserves an opportunity to come out and play. So we're going to keep searching for those guys and give them a chance and somebody's going to step up and do it and take it and run with it. In fairness to them you've got to put them on the field so we you can see. So I'm going to find out."

Q:  What is the situation with T Zach Wiegert?  Is he going to be back sooner than expected?
A:  "He didn't do much on Thursday. He tried to go a little bit, and took himself out and said the knee was bothering him. It'll be a game time decision."

Q:  Will Fred Weary be starting this week?
A:  "Fred will start at right guard. Hopefully Steve McKinney will be available to be our swing guy. That's always our decision, whether we suit seven or eight."

Q:  What is G Steve McKinney's situation?
A:  "He's battled his body a little bit. I just wanted to see Fred (Weary) play.  I thought Fred played well last week.  We're going to keep looking at players and searching to find a way to get better as a football team. That's not going to stop.  We're going to continue to do that."

Q:  Jason Babin left practice early on Thursday.  What was that about?
A:  "It's my understanding that he had back spasms so they took him in. I don't know, I'll find out more when I go in."

Q:  Is T Brad Bedell coming back to play?
A:  "He's a battler, you know. Against Miami he had to go in and play left tackle against Jason Taylor, a tremendous spot, a tough spot to go into. He's a journeyman work horse guy; he's out here busting his tail every day. We've had issues, Zach's had some problems physically, Steve's had some problems physically; you've got to keep playing. You've got to keep preparing and keep playing and that guy's been out here everyday doing that so I think, I know he'll play hard as heck for us so he gets a chance to play and I expect him to play well."

Q:  Has CB Demarcus Faggins looked good in his two days back?
A:  "Yeah, I think he has. We have monitored what he's doing. We have to be real smart in the game with that. But  he brings energy to this football team, him and Kailee (Wong) both.  They both bring big time leadership."

Q:  Will Faggins start vs. Jacksonville?
A:  "Right now I think he won't start, but he's definitely going to play., I wouldn't think him or Kailee will start. That could change, but now I don't think that's the right thing to do. We make sure they play and play the right amount of time in the right situations this first week."

Q:  Will Faggins play in the nickel formation?
A:  "Could be nickel, could be base, just one or the other. We're just trying to make sure he plays between 30 and 50% of the time."

Q:  Will DE N.D. Kalu move inside to DT?
"He's always moved. He plays inside and outside all the time. Yeah, especially if we have to suit seven, he could definitely play a bunch inside."

Q:  Do you think you will need to dress just seven on the defensive line?
A:  "I don't know. You have DE Antwan Peek who looked like he made it through (Thursday). LB Shantee Orr had a hip problem yesterday. So those things for us go down to the wire. We prepared them all to play and then we make the decision on Sunday, so I can't answer that right now."

Q:  After the loss of DT Seth Payne, how badly do you need the rest of the defensive line to step up this week?
A:  "It's important every week. DE Anthony Weaver has played extremely well throughout the season. DT Travis Johnson has done some good things. It's always about consistency with him, but he's working. They have to play well as a group. You know this team coming in here has two very good backs and they'll try to pound us I'm sure, like Dallas did, so we'll have to play well upfront."

Q:  Have there been thoughts about moving Weaver inside for Payne?
A:  "Yeah, that's always the option. If you do suit seven and you're trying to pull another roster spot somewhere else, Anthony's always the wild-card when it comes to that, and he's able to do both."

Q:  How has FB Vonta Leach been progressing?
A:  "He looks fine. The decision on him I have to make is how far along is he with what we're doing. I think if we suit each other they'll give him a limited package and say this is what you're going to do. But I think the whole package is a little too much for him right now, so we'll see."

Q:  How close is WR Jerome Mathis to returning?
A:  "Well, I just think he's definitely behind the other guys. Those other two were ready, and we knew that. Jerome's running, (and Head Athletic Trainer) Kevin (Bastin) could probably gave you a percentage on it. I'm going to say he's maybe between 70 and 80% right now as a player. So he has got a little ground to makeup, and he has a 21 day period to make that up. We have to make that decision, but hopefully that picture gets a little clearer each day."

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