Training camp notes: Schaub excused; injuries

Training camp notes: Schaub excused; injuries
August 12, 2013, 12:45 pm
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3 and Out: Schaub misses practice

Matt Schaub was a notable absence from Monday morning’s practice as the Texans’ returned to their normal training camp schedule.

Schaub had a death in his family. He will also miss Tuesday morning’s practice. “Our thoughts are with him and his family,” head coach Gary Kubiak said.

Without Schaub, T.J. Yates and Case Keenum took the majority of the snaps.

Brian Cushing missed his second straight day on Monday. He’s not injured, just sick.

Pro Bowl left guard Wade Smith missed another practice on Monday. He left practice early last Tuesday after banging his knee; the knee swelled up. He has a bone bruise and is coming along slower than the Texans previously anticipated.

“We were expecting him back in a few days but it just didn’t happen,” said Kubiak, who added that the team is re-evaluating Smith on Monday. “I’m OK until I hear what’s next but obviously there’s another step for us to take, kind of find out what’s going on.”

Alan Bonner, the sixth-round wide receiver, still isn’t back to practice. He’s dealing with a hamstring injury.  

“We pushed him a little bit yesterday, didn’t like what we saw so we may be another week away,” Kubiak said. “I hope not but it may be the case.”

All three Texans on the PUP list stayed there. Arian Foster (back), Ed Reed (hip) and DeVier Posey (Achilles) worked on the side field again.

Joining those three on the side were Tim Dobbins (shoulder), Whitney Mercilus (hamstring), Brandon Harris (hip pointer) and Brennan Williams (knee).

Cameron Collins, who had missed some time, was back on the field Monday. Sam Montgomery was a full-go as Kubiak said he would be.

Minor move
The Texans officially signed linebacker Elliot Coffey and waived/injured linebacker Evan Frierson. Coffey, a Sugar Land native, was already on the field Monday morning.

No more negative plays
Dennis Johnson played a lot on Friday and wasn’t too impressive. He came into the game the likely favorite to win the third-string running back job but Cierre Wood made up a ton of ground and might have passed him.

“We could have gave (Johnson) a little more space to do something,” Kubiak said. “The biggest thing in this league is never have negative plays. You’re always coaching your backs, you get the ball downhill. He had a couple plays where he got a little negative and a return at the end of the game where he’s messing around a little bit back there. But he had a good outing. He did some good stuff picking up blitzes. He just didn’t have the numbers that maybe the other kids had.”

Observations
Without Schaub, the practice seemed a little sluggish. The quarterback play wasn’t very good.

It was a hot morning and things got feisty toward the end of practice. No fight, just a little testy, which is a good sign, mostly.

Darryl Sharpton is fun to watch play. He’s not real big and has trouble staying healthy, but man, does he like to hit guys hard.

DeAndre Hopkins made a nice play against Danieal Manning, who assumed man coverage on him. It wasn’t anything that looked all that special, but Hopkins used his body to go up and take the ball. It’s a routine play for him but it’s the sign of a good receiver.

Alec Lemon made a nice adjustment on a deep ball from Keenum. He needed to turn from facing the over his outside shoulder to the inside. He did and made a nice grab.