Texans Injury Scares
Dunta Robinson (Getty Images)
Dunta Robinson (Getty Images)
Posted Jul 28, 2008
Charlie Bernstein

When talking about most NFL teams as contenders, the usual disclaimer is, “if they stay healthy.” The Texans are certainly no different, as they finished with the best record in franchise history a year ago, and that was missing starting quarterback Matt Schaub, star wide receiver Andre Johnson, and cornerback Dunta Robinson for a good part of the season.

Just two days into training camp, the Texans had a few injury scares as the team went full contact early on. Head coach Gary Kubiak gave an update after practice—

“Let’s see, what did we have today? You know, Fred (Weary) wore down pretty good. Of course, Fred hasn’t been doing everything with the team, so that’s expected. We’ve got to catch him up. Other than that, I know Duane (Brown) got a little gassed, but he’s got to catch up with the football team. (He’s) a little overweight. He had a lot going on with the contract and all that, so he’s got to catch up. But God, we worked good. Guys worked good. Just got to keep pushing through it.”

Any kind of injury to first-round pick Duane Brown can be disturbing to say the least, as the Texans prized pick needs to stay healthy and put together a solid season to quiet all the naysayers that believed Brown to be a reach in round one. Gary Kubiak put Texans fans minds at ease as he elaborated on the status of his big offensive tackle—

“(Brown) just got gassed, you know. Taking a lot of reps, which he’s going to do, and he’s a little bit overweight right now. So we’ve got to push him, and he’s got to catch up with the rest of his teammates. In this business, you’ve got to be able to go all day and he’s figuring that out, and we’ve got to catch him up with everybody else.”

One other injury that speaks volumes about the intensity of Houston’s practice was to guard Mike Brisiel, as he suffered a broken nose.

“Brisiel did fracture his nose yesterday, but you guys can see what he’s all about,” said Gary Kubiak. “He’s out here today, and he’s going to be kind of tough to get off the field.”

The Texans have made it through the first weekend of practices relatively unscathed, which is far better than a few teams not only in the NFL, but in their own division. Indianapolis, the kings of the AFC South, have Bob Sanders, Peyton Manning, and Dwight Freeney beginning camp on the PUP list. Jacksonville is also missing their number one and number two wide receivers in Jerry Porter and Reggie Williams. Still, the season is somewhat far away and Houston needs to stay healthy to be a legitimate playoff contender.

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