Ball returns, should play Saturday

Ball returns, should play Saturday
January 1, 2013, 5:15 pm
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1-on-1 with Alan Ball

Alan Ball, who hasn’t played since Thanksgiving, was back at practice for the Texans on Tuesday.

As Houston prepares for its wild card playoff game on Saturday, it looks like they're going to have Ball back. In his sixth season, Ball missed considerable time with a toe injury.

“He’s doing good. He’s doing really good,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “Our expectations, if he holds up all week, is that he’ll be ready to go. We were shooting for this week all along.”

With Brice McCain out until at least the Super Bowl, Ball’s being back a practice was a welcomed sign. In McCain’s absence, second-year corner Brandon Harris has assumed the nickel corner job. Is it possible Ball might see some time in the nickel? What will his role be?

“We’ll see,” Kubiak said. “I think it’s too quick to make a decision on something like that. He could become very much involved or it could just be special teams. We’ll see how he holds up the rest of the week.”

In 11 games with the Texans this season, Ball has seven tackles, a forced fumble and two pass deflections.

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