OTA Notes: CB Harris sits; O-line look

OTA Notes: CB Harris sits; O-line look
May 23, 2013, 5:30 pm
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The Texans finished up their first round of OTAs on Thursday afternoon. The team will be back for more next Tuesday.

But they didn't get out of this week completely healthy.

Brandon Harris, who collided with DeAndre Hopkins on Tuesday, was not able to participate during Thursday's session.

“He’s fine," Kubiak said. "We’re putting him through the (concussion) protocol that you would do during the regular season. A guy gets dinged like that, gets knocked out like he did, we’ll put him through the total protocol. You probably won’t see him for a good week as he goes through the process.”

Rookie right tackle Brennan Williams was not able to practice on Thursday. The sixth-round pick has been hampered by a left knee injury.

Tight end Phillip Supernaw and NT Sunny Harris were hurt on the first day and haven't been back.

RT Derek Newton has been at OTAs but is working on the side in a group that also includes Brian Cushing. Cushing won't return until training camp but has looked good in the side workouts.

Offensive line

Last year, the Texans rotated at both the right guard and right tackle positions on the offensive line. What will they do this year?

"I’ll do what I think is best for our team and I don’t know what that is right now," Kubiak said on Thursday.

For now, he said that Brandon Brooks is working as the starting right guard, which is a change from last season, when Ben Jones had that spot.

Newton and Williams, who are supposed to be the two players battling for the right tackle spot, are both out of practice with knee injuries. Newton had offeason surgery and Williams hurt himself at rookie camp. For now, veteran Ryan Harris, who signed a one-year deal this offseason, is working with the first team.

Reed missing

Ed Reed has not been at OTAs and wasn't expected to be. Earlier in the week, Kubiak said Reed would be leaving Colorado (where Reed's rehabbing) sometime this week.

The Texans have 57 of 59 players under contract at OTAs. The other missing from the voluntary OTAs has been linebacker Tim Dobbins, who signed a one-year deal to stay with the Texans in 2013.

“When he was here, we talked a little bit about ball and how to give quarterbacks different looks and (I) liked his perspective on it, obviously," Danieal Manning said about Ed Reed. "I think he’s going to improve my game a lot as well.”

McNair speaks

Texans owner Bob McNair spoke to the media on Thursday after donating $100,000 to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma Disaster Relief fund in Oklahoma City.

“Well, it’s just a tragic event," McNair said. "We were watching it on television, and actually, an acquaintance of ours, their family lives there. Fortunately, they weren’t hurt, but their home was pretty much destroyed. It’s just an unbelievable situation and we just wanted to say that we’re sorry that you have had this disaster, and hopefully this will help a little bit.”

McNair was also asked about the possibility of the NFL switching to an 18-game schedule.

“I don’t know. There are a lot of issues with it. If you extend the season, you’ve got issues with it being awfully cold up north if you’re playing in February; and if you start early, you’re starting before Labor Day and a lot of people are still on vacation. So there are a number of issues involved, and I don’t know whether that will happen or not.

"I know our coaches would rather stay with a four-game preseason because we’ve got all these rookies, and that’s our chance to work with them. And for the die-hard fan, this is their chance – even though the preseason game doesn’t count on the record, it’s your opportunity to see what kind of talent you have and the depth of that talent, and you’re not going to be able to see it until later in the year unless there’s some injuries. Then all of a sudden, a player comes forth and you either know something about them or you don’t, because you’ve been watching them play. So it’s an important part of the whole program.”

Would McNair vote for an 18-game schedule?

"I don’t know, because a lot of other things would be impacted," he said. "What would you do with your roster? Would you increase your roster? What would you do with injured reserve rules? Would you let players go on it and then come back off? There would be a number of questions involved, and at this point in time, I’m not sure that that’s a good idea.”