Injury update: Three key Texans back

Injury update: Three key Texans back
November 14, 2012, 2:00 pm
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Ben Tate ran 65 times for 279 yards in 2012.

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The Texans are coming off their toughest, most hard-nosed win of the season against the Bears, and they’re actually getting healthier.

Tight end Owen Daniels (hip), running back Ben Tate (hamstring) and nose tackle Shaun Cody (ribs) were all back at practice on Wednesday.

“We were kind of light in what we did,” head coach Gary Kubiak said, “but they were all back at practice today.”

All three missed last weekend’s game against the Bears but Daniels was the closest to playing. He was a game-time decision but was inactive after the training staff determined he couldn’t go. Cody is dealing with a rib injury he suffered against the Bills.

Tate’s injury predates the bye week. He hurt his hamstring against the Ravens and it has taken this long to get him back as a full participant at practice.

“I don’t know until we push through the rest of the week,” Kubiak said when asked about the chances of Tate playing on Sunday against the Jaguars.

Kubiak also updated the status of defensive line coach Bill Kollar, who missed the game against the Bears after being taken to the hospital with shortness of breath. Doctors found a blood clot, but Kollar is doing OK. In fact, at around 12:45 p.m. when Kubiak spoke to the media, he said Kollar was on a flight back from Chicago.

Kollar is expected to be with the team on Thursday.

The Texans are coming off of the biggest win of their season on a national stage and now they have to face the lowly Jacksonville Jaguars – the worst team in the NFL. So, of course, Kubiak was asked about keeping his team’s level of intensity up for this weekend’s game.

“They all count the same,” Kubiak said. “The trip is the thing to get back going from. We have to turn the corner and get back to work. But they’ve been very business-like.”

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