-- Don't plan on seeing veteran running backs Ahman Green (groin) or Chris Brown (back) in the last preseason game Thursday against Tampa Bay. "I don't think Ahman's ready to play yet," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "I'm hoping he works this week and hoping he gets on the practice field kind of like Andre (Johnson) has done. "Chris, I think, would be very iffy still coming off the injection (in his back). I think it doesn't look very good for those two."
-- RB Chris Taylor continues to impress the coaches. He has received a significant amount of repetitions in the preseason because of the injuries to Chris Brown and Ahman Green. He will likely start against Tampa Bay.
-- Even though he didn't catch a pass, receiver Andre Johnson played for the first time in the preseason. He'd been out with a groin injury. He played for 1 1/2 quarters. "I know he was frustrated," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He wanted the ball. We tried to get it to him early in the game." Quarterback Matt Schaub got off to a bad start and couldn't connect with Johnson.
-- When Sage Rosenfels scored on an eight-yard run with 2:05 left in the Dallas game, the Texans were within 23-22. Texans coach Gary Kubiak never hesitated about going for two. It was a preseason game, and the Texans needed to practice. Rosenfels' pass to Jacoby Jones was incomplete. "We talked about (going for two) before," he said. "I told (offensive coordinator) Kyle (Shanahan) if we scored, we'll go for two. We felt good about our two-point play."
-- David Anderson had a mohawk at one point in the offseason. Now he has a mullet. The third-year wide receiver insists he will cut his hair soon though.
"We're the only amusement we have during camp," Anderson said. "We only get to amuse each other. So I might as well have a little fun. I grew it out and I've cut it a couple of different ways, but when the season starts I will shave it. Gotta look professional."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I'm progressively getting better, but I'm not where I think I should be. I can do more. Hopefully, I can get back to the old me. I haven't been that way since early in my first year here. I'm not trying to make excuses, but since that knee started bothering me, it really hasn't been the same. I'm close. I'm easing myself out of that brace. That's the thing that's holding me back right now." -- DE Anthony Weaver, on how he is feeling a year after undergoing knee surgery. He played last season but was slowed by the knee.
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