Texans injury update: Joseph, James back

Texans injury update: Joseph, James back
December 6, 2012, 2:45 pm
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There’s finally some light at the end of the injury tunnel.

After missing last Sunday’s game against the Titans, Bradie James (hamstring), Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), Derek Newton (knee) and Antoine Caldwell (hamstring) were all back at practice on Thursday.

The only two players who didn’t practice at all were Alan Ball (toe) and Brooks Reed (groin).

“[Joseph] looked good,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “He took about a third to half of the reps in practice. He looked very explosive, looked good. We’ll be smart with the work through the week. I think all those guys as a group are all going to be game-time decisions. How they come out of their practice reps over the next couple of days will go a long way to determine where we’re at.”

That group Kubiak spoke of included Joseph, Newton, James and Caldwell. He said they all took about a third of the snaps as they ease them back from their respective injuries. Kubiak said those guys will likely be game-time decisions.

“We didn’t go out and go full force,” Kubiak said.

Running back Ben Tate came out of his first game action but Kubiak thinks he can get better. He is sitting in the third running back spot behind Justin Forsett, who filled in while Tate was out.

“I’m hoping his better this week than he was last week,” Kubiak said. “I think there’s still another level for him to reach. … He’s got a guy, Justin [Forsett], playing well ahead of him and he’ll get his opportunities to help us.”

Reed is still the furthest away from returning to action. He will be out for several more weeks.  

“He’s actually been running and working in the training room,” Kubiak said. “He’s coming fast. He’s going to get there but he’s the one that’s gonna take a little bit of time.”