Pro Bowl cornerback
Joseph is not expected to practice on Thursday. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he hopes Joseph can take “a few reps” at practice on Friday and be a game-time decision on Sunday before the Texans play the Tennessee Titans in Nashville.
“Johnathan worked pretty good with the trainers today, ran pretty good, so that’s a step in the right direction,” Kubiak said on Wednesday afternoon. “As always, when you’ve got guys in that mode or closer to being back on the field, the question is how they come out of their workouts with the trainers, so we’ll see where he’s at tomorrow.”
Joseph was one of six Texans players to sit out on Wednesday. Defensive end
If Newton does not play,
Kubiak said Watt, one of the leading candidates for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors, showed up sick in the morning and was sent home by the team to recover.
“He was here; he wanted to go (practice),” Kubiak said. “We’ve had some issues with some sick guys ever since we got back from Chicago, so the best thing is to keep him away from everybody and hopefully, he’s feeling better tomorrow and we can get back to work. I think he’ll be OK.”