Kubiak optimistic CB Joseph will play

Kubiak optimistic CB Joseph will play
October 18, 2012, 2:00 pm
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Joseph looks to play on Sunday

As expected, Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph (groin) didn’t practice on Thursday, head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed.

But Kubiak seemed very optimistic about Joseph being ready to go by Sunday afternoon’s game against the Ravens at Reliant Stadium.

“I’m thinking very positive about it,” Kubiak said. “He’s really upbeat. We’ll see where he is tomorrow. I feel pretty good about where he is for Sunday.”

“I think he’s gonna be fine,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said.

Three Texans – Arian Foster, Bradie James and Antonio Smith – who were all limited participants in Wednesday’s practice were full participants Thursday.

Antoine Caldwell (concussion) still hasn’t been cleared to return. Linebacker Darryl Sharpton (quad) still isn’t ready to practice yet. Kubiak said they’ll take a look at him next week.

The team still hasn’t decided if linebacker Barrett Ruud, who the Texans signed a week ago, will play on Sunday.

Phillips said he expects his team to come out and put together a better performance than it did against the Packers last Sunday night.

“I’m not embarrassed because our team played hard,” he said. “I think it’s just a clunker.”

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