Houston Texans Pre-Season 2015 - Hoyer's The Starter....By GAWD KING!!! - Page 7
Thumbs up for Brian Cushing but thumbs down for Jadeveon Clowney? That’s what coach Bill O’Brien seemed to be saying Friday when he discussed his two linebackers’ prospects of playing against Philadelphia. Although a final decision won’t be made until Sunday morning, Cushing seems more likely to be active than the rookie Clowney, who apparently has a bad case of the flu.
“I wouldn’t say it looks very good,” O’Brien conceded when questioned about the top NFL draft pick’s chances of recovering sufficiently from an undisclosed illness by kickoff. “We’ll see how he is tomorrow, but that’s how I feel today.”
At least it’s not Clowney’s surgically repaired knee that’s potentially holding him back. He got in for more than 30 plays against Tennessee in Nashville last weekend after missing six games because of a meniscus tear suffered in the season-opener that required an arthroscopic procedure.
Cushing, however, practiced Friday for the first time since before the Monday-night game in Pittsburgh and said his left knee was feeling much better. He sat out against the Titans after experiencing pain and weakness – he’s undergone major season-ending operations on the joint in each of the last two seasons – and there has been speculation that he wouldn’t return until the Texans’ next game, Nov. 16 in Cleveland.
O’Brien said Cushing was “moving around pretty good out there” and Cushing said he “felt really good,” adding: “Obviously, I want to play and I hope to play, and the coaches want me to play. That’s the plan. But there’s a lot of things that come into account and we have to make the best decision for everyone.
“I love playing. I want to be out there. But at the same time I want to play at my best level and have a good rest of the year. We’ve got to figure out a formula for that to happen.”
The Texans will definitely be without the services of another inside linebacker, Jeff Tarpinian, for the second game in a row. He also has a knee issue and was officially listed as “out” on Friday’s injury report. Both Cushing and Clowney were questionable, as was cornerback Darryl Morris.
Asked if Clowney’s issues are “frustrating,” O’Brien replied: “Nope, not one bit. It’s the National Football League, you know what I mean? Injuries occur. Next guy steps up and plays. That’s part of the job in the NFL. (That’s why) you have a 53-man roster and you try to build depth at every position.”
What's up when Posey not playing though???
Also, the standings
Let's just saw we have playoff goals....that's on ungodly amount of teams we'd have to jump. Basically, you have to not lose another game for the rest of the season, and hope more than half of those teams start losing
BOB is a realist, that doesn't scare me.
What i am scared about is him not committing to a QB in the draft because he feels his job security will be attached to a QB's success. With the way the cap and salaries are, there is no reason not to take a chance on a QB. Both Teddy and Manziel were there for the Texans taking last year, instead we decided to move forward.
I don't like the argument that we'd be "wasting" a draft pick on one of them, because Smith doesn't hit on many draft picks anyways lol
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The Houston Texans returned to work after their bye refreshed and eager to see if quarterback Ryan Mallett can help turn around the offense in his first NFL start on Sunday at Cleveland.
Coach Bill O'Brien benched Ryan Fitzpatrick in favor of Mallett before the break in an attempt to improve Houston's struggling offense. O'Brien, who first coached him when he was an assistant with the Patriots in 2011, can't wait to see the fourth-year player get a chance to start.
O'Brien says: "This is his opportunity to go out there and lead this team, and he's excited ... and we're looking forward to seeing what he can do."
Johnathan Joseph cleared to play
Johnathan Joseph returned to practice after clearing the NFL’s concussion protocol early Monday.
“J-Jo (Joseph) was out there today and looked good," head coach Bill O'Brien said after practice. "It looks like he’ll be ready to go."
The nine-year veteran cornerback, who had never had a prior concussion, suffered his first in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Joseph, he took a knee to the helmet that caused him to leave the game in the first quarter. He remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game.
"I'm thankful for it, the way the league has responded to it, the way they are handling things," Joseph said of the league's five-step process. "Obviously, it gives the player the right mindset - that you're able to go back out there and focus on everything. The do take the proper steps to make sure that safety is first."
Kareem Jackson, who also left in the first quarter against the Eagles, has been day-to-day with a reported knee injury. According to O'Brien, Jackson may likely miss Sunday's game in Cleveland.
Players gain an extra practice day on Monday after their four days off during the bye week. The (4-5) Texans travel to Cleveland on Sunday to face the (6-3) Browns.