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Brian Cushing sick, update on backup QB's

Posted Aug 11, 2013

Linebacker Brian Cushing missed Sunday's practice with an illness, and Gary Kubiak gave an update on the backup QB competition.

The Texans practiced outside at the Houston Methodist Training Center on Sunday afternoon. The team was in shorts and hats, and held a walk-through a day-and-a-half after beating the Vikings in the preseason opener. Linebacker Brian Cushing, however, missed because of an illness.

“He came in sick on us this morning,” head coach Gary Kubiak said. “We’ve had a few guys sick and today’s his turn I guess.”

Kubiak also said left guard Wade Smith, who’s missed some practice and didn’t play Friday at Minnesota, should return soon from a slight knee injury he suffered last week.

“Wade’s fine,” Kubiak said. “We actually slowed down his process a little bit, get the inflammation out of his knee. We’ll see where we’re at probably mid-week and make a decision on Miami for him.”

Behind starter Matt Schaub, quarterback play against the Vikings was efficient. Backup T.J. Yates and third-stringer Case Keenum were a combined 26-of-39 passing for 276 yards, a touchdown and zero interceptions. Kubiak was asked whether or not Keenum might vault Yates in the order of who comes in first after Schaub starts Saturday against the Dolphins.

“It’s something we’ve talked about,” Kubiak said. “What I want to do is come out of this camp with them going right down the middle as far as the group they play with and how many reps they get.”

The head coach said he won’t decide until “the end of the week”, and that he wants each signal-caller getting repetitions with same groups.

For Keenum, he reiterated that his approach will be “the same as it’s always been,” and that he plans on making the most of whatever opportunity comes his way.

“I know I’m going to get a chance,” Keenum said. “That’s all I can ask for no matter what time of the game it is, what rep it is. You can’t really tell what plays it’s going to be either. Just got to go out and do my absolute best no matter what time it is and that’s the opportunity I get.”

The Texans resume two-a-days on Monday morning with an 8 a.m. CT practice followed by afternoon work at 2:15 p.m. They face the Dolphins at Reliant Stadium this Saturday night.

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