OTA notes: Harris ‘fine’ after collision with Hopkins

OTA notes: Harris ‘fine’ after collision with Hopkins
May 21, 2013, 4:30 pm
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Brandon Harris is entering his third season in the NFL.

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Brandon Harris and DeAndre Hopkins had a pretty significant collision on the practice field during OTAs on Tuesday.

Hopkins called it a “freak play.” The two collided during 7-on-7s and Harris was walked off the field and his day of practice was over.

“Brandon and DeAndre had a pretty good collision,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “We took Brandon in and he’s fine. He’s alert and we’ll see where he’s at. We’re evaluating right now.”

At around 6:40 p.m., Harris tweeted the following: "Headed home after a long day at the hospital feeling great #thankgod"

Hopkins was OK and continued to practice. He did bang his knee and had a little bruise but missed only a few plays.  

A look at other injuries

For the second straight day at OTAs, right tackle Brennan Williams wasn’t a full participant. His left knee is still bothering him. Before Monday’s practice, he expected to be a full participant, so not being able to go has been a surprise.

Brice McCain (foot) was extremely limited on Tuesday but that was a planned thing, according to Kubiak. “He's doing real good,” Kubiak said.

Tim Dobbins, for the second straight day, wasn’t at OTAs. The practices are voluntary but the Texans traditionally have near-perfect attendance and they do again this season too.

On Tuesday, Kubiak was also asked about speculation that Ed Reed, who had offseason hip surgery, won’t be ready for the start of the season.

"Well I don't go off speculation. We know what we know,” Kubiak said. “He had the surgery and everything went well. He went through the process of staying in Colorado, which was part of the deal and part of the rehab process. And now he's supposed to be turned loose this week. Everything that we know is going on schedule. And our expectations are for to look at camp at some point and be ready to go by the opening of the season.”

TE Phillip Supernaw and DL Sunny Harris both injured a foot on Monday, Kubiak said. Both players were being evaluated and won't be back this week.

Several veterans were on the field but were given the day off on Tuesday.

Hopkins to toss out first pitch

Texans' first-round pick DeAndre Hopkins will throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Astros’ game against the Royals on Tuesday night.

“It's going to be exciting,” he said. “I hope I don't pull a Denard Robinson.”

Robinson, the former Michigan quarterback and current Jacksonville Jaguar threw out the first pitch before a Tigers game earlier this season. It didn’t go well.

J.J. Watt, who threw out the first pitch before the Astros opener, offered some advice to Hopkins. “J.J. Watt told me to aim high,” Hopkins said.

Who’s the backup QB?

T.J. Yates is the incumbent backup quarterback behind Matt Schaub. He even won the franchise’s first playoff game two seasons ago. But that doesn’t mean he’ll have the job this year.

On Tuesday, Kubiak said Case Keenum is pushing Yates for the second-string job.  

“Everybody is always competing,” Kubiak said. “Case has obviously made up a bunch of ground as far as what he knows and what he can handle as a player. To me, he’s going to push T.J.

“And (Stephen) McGee, obviously this is his first go-round with us; it’s only been a couple days. But in training camp nowadays you only practice once a day, so there’s a lot of ground that needs to be made up in the offseason and that’s what’s going on now.

"How far does Case come? How far does McGee come? I’ve had the other two for a while, so I’ve got to see how far they come.”

Keenum, who signed with the Texans after being undrafted out of the University of Houston, was on the team’s practice squad last season but was the assumed third-string quarterback.

This offseason, he really shined during rookie camp and has looked good so far during OTAs.

Tornadoes in Oklahoma

Antonio Smith, who is from Oklahoma and still lives there in the offseason, on Tuesday was asked about the devastating tornadoes in his home state.

“Other than property damage, they're all right,” Smith said. “That's the most important thing, that they all right. You're heart has to go out to the families that wasn't so fortunate. Those are the type of things that really bring you down. It's a lot of people have friends of family and especially kids ... it's a tragic thing. The tragic thing about it is that it happens every year in Oklahoma.”