Daniels practices Friday; might play Sunday
Shaun Cody, who has been held out of practice all week with a rib injury, has officially been ruled out for Sunday night's game against Chicago.
Ben Tate, who left the Texans game against the Ravens two weeks ago with a pulled hamstring, will miss his second straight game. Sunday will be the third game the Texans will be playing without Tate. Tate also missed the Texans' Monday night game against the Jets with a bad toe.
Cody said Thursday that the goal was to play Sunday against the Bears.
"We'd like to think we can do that (play Sunday) and I'm working my way toward that," Cody said Thursday. "But if I can I will, and if I can't I won't."
It is now official: he won't. It was reported Wednesday that Cody had broken ribs and a punctured lung after landing awkwardly during a play in Sunday's win over the Bills. On Thursday, Cody assessed the injury himself and said, "I never had a punctured lung."
Gary Kubiak said this week that Cody did go through a procedure but couldn't describe what it actually was. The Texans and Cody have been very quiet about what the procedure was.
"Just the ribs," Cody said Thursday. "I mean I was brushed in the ribs, but nothing major. It wasn't like we had a surgery or anything."
Most likely filling in for Cody will be Earl Mitchell and Jared Crick.
"The versatility comes from Earl and Crick is really fun to watch at practice," Kubiak said. "The guy has come out of his shell, I don't know if he was in one, but to watch his personality come out a little bit, he's got a lot of confidence. He does not act like a rookie anymore on the practice field."
When Kubiak was asked Friday if Brice McClain will be ready to help fill in at nose tackle in the absense of Cody, Kubiak responded rather quickly.
"He Better be," Kubiak said.
The front seven will be important Sunday as Bears quarterback Jay Culter has already been sacked 28 times this season, good for second most in the NFL.