Texans injury update: Graham cleared to play

Texans injury update: Graham cleared to play
December 13, 2012, 2:30 pm
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Garrett Graham passed the final phase of his concussion tests on Wednesday after practice and will be able to play on Sunday against the Colts, Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said on Thursday.

Graham practiced in full on Thursday.

The third-year tight end suffered a concussion and missed Monday night’s game against the Patriots. And the Texans missed him. The Texans put a lot of emphasis on their two-tight end sets, with Graham and Owen Daniels. In Graham’s place, they even had tackle Andrew Gardner line up at tight end on a few plays.

“Well, we miss Garrett, he’s a fine player,” Kubiak said earlier in the week. “He might be as improved of a football player as we have on this team. He gives us a lot of flexibility in what we do with two tight (ends) and three tight (ends). You saw we had a tackle playing some tight end last night.”

Brooks Reed (groin), Alan Ball (toe) and Darryl Sharpton (toe) were the only three players to miss practice on Thursday.

“(Sharpton’s) toe’s bothering him, swelled up on him,” Kubiak said. “He will attempt to go tomorrow. He finds a way to play through these things. He’s played a lot of football coming off a long layoff so I think that caught up with him a little bit. Expectations are for him to practice him a little bit.”

Derek Newton, who missed Monday’s game appears to be on the right track to return on Sunday. In Newton’s place, veteran Ryan Harris started. The two have been rotating all season, but Newton has been the starter and has received the bulk of the carries when healthy.

“Newton has a really good day of practice today,” Kubiak said, “so it looks like all systems are go for him.”