Sharpton and Newton set to play Sunday

Sharpton and Newton set to play Sunday
December 14, 2012, 7:15 pm
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Sharpton expected to play Sunday

The Texans will have Darryl Sharpton and Derek Newton on the field Sunday and that's a very good thing. Sharpton was limited or missed practice in one way or another all week until Friday when Gary Kubiak announced he will be ready to go Sunday.

"(Darryl) Sharpton was back to work today and it was positive so unless there are any setbacks he’s ready to go," Kubiak said.

Brooks Reed will miss Sunday's game, it will be his third straight game on the injury report since injuring his groin against the Lions. Sharpton missed almost a full season of time after suffering a season ending quadricep injury in Week 8 last season that turned into a hip injury that held him out of the lineup until November 17th this season.  In his four games since coming back Sharpton has 32 tackles and recorded his first career interception.

"I feel great, I'm like one hundred percent, ready to go and I'm excited about the game," Sharpton said. "I just had a little toe injury and it got a little swollen. So I had to ice it down and now it feels pretty good."

With Reed's injury and and the loss of Brian Cushing for the season, the linebacking unit has had their share of injuries and are now just trying to stay healthy and finish the season back at full strength.

"We're pretty late in the season, so it's a pretty physical game like this injuries are going to happen and you're going to get banged up," Sharpton said. "It's just the nature of the game, we're piecing each other together and we're going to be one strong unit come Sunday."

The right side of the offensive line struggled against the Patriots Monday night and it will get a boost from Derek Newton and his return after missing the last two games with a knee injury.

“He’s a big part of what we do and he’s a young talented tackle," Arian Foster said of Newton. "He keeps getting better. It’s unfortunate that he got hurt because he was really starting to play very well, so we look for him to do what he was doing when he was healthy.”

Hopefully Newton's return can get the Texans' running game back on track after struggling getting the ball going on the ground the last two games.

“We’ve got to do whatever we’ve got to do," Gary Kubiak said. "I think there are a couple things that could really help us running the ball. The last two weeks have been as poor as we’ve been all year and we had been pretty good on third downs. When you don’t make third downs you’re not getting snaps. If we’re not getting snaps, Arian’s not touching the ball as much as he needs to touch it. I think if you go back and look that, looks like the issue in a lot of ways, but at the same time we’ve got to get back at what we’re doing, too. Big point of emphasis, it’s something we got to do well, but I think staying on the field could sure help us do that better.”