Texans' Sharpton says he's 100 percent

Texans' Sharpton says he's 100 percent
February 27, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Darryl Sharpton battled so hard to get back. And then shortly after, his 2012 season was over.

The Texans' linebacker, in his third season, came back from the PUP list with a quad injury.

He was able to play in seven games before injuring his hip in Week 17 against the Colts. Just like that, his season was over early again. And again he missed the playoffs.

But according to Drew Dougherty of Texans.com, who caught up with the linebacker at a community event, Sharpton said he's finally healthy again.

“Everything’s good,” Sharpton said. “The injury’s 100 percent healed up. So right now I’ve just been focusing on training, staying in shape and getting ready to get back out on the field.”

Sharpton has been in the league for three seasons but has played in just 27 games during that span and has started just 11.

Last season, he was one of the many injured middle linebackers for the Texans. Houston lost Brian Cushing early in the season. Then, the Texans lost Tim Dobbins and Sharpton toward the end.

It was so bad that Barrett Ruud, who didn't even start the 2012 season with the Texans was a starter in the playoffs.

“Right now, I feel really healthy, and it’s a good feeling to have right now,” Sharpton said. “I can just run, sprint, lift weights and just get in the best shape possible.”

That's good news for the Texans as Cushing's recovery is reportedly going well also.

The Texans are still short on inside linebackers though. Dobbins and Bradie James are free agents and the likely projected starters (Cushing and Sharpton) are coming off season-ending injuries.

“I think it’ll be great,” Sharpton said. “I think me and Cush have great chemistry and we’ll be a forced to be reckoned with.”

There's a very strong possibility that the Texans will take an inside linebacker in the draft. But there's the thought that they won't use a first-round pick on one because whichever player starts next to Cushing is a two-down guy. Cushing is the one who would stay on the field on third down.