Afternoon practice notes from Day 1 of camp

Quick hits from the Texans' second practice of training camp, which took place inside the Methodist Training Center practice facility:

  • The Texans didn't wear helmets this afternoon. Several players donned backwards hats or headbands, and tight end Joel Dreessen rocked his own style with a blue Texans visor.
  • Newly-signed first-round pick Kareem Jackson worked with the starting defense after missing the morning practice. He matched up primarily with receivers Jacoby Jones, Kevin Walter and André Davis. "He moved around really well," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said afterward. "It's just good to have him out here."
  • Running back Steve Slaton said that he has been cleared by doctors for contact after making a full recovery from the cervical fusion operation he had this offseason. "I feel good," he said. "I think today was a good day, but the first day is always the easiest. It's about the long run."
  • Coming off of a season-ending Lisfranc injury to his left foot, Mike Brisiel is looking to reclaim a starting spot on the interior offensive line. But he's also still feeling the effects of his injury, which he suffered at Arizona last season on Oct. 11. "It's just one of those things, the doctor said it's going to be pretty painful for about 15 months, but it's just dealing with the pain," Brisiel said. "I don't think I can hurt it anymore than it already is… You've just kind of got to grit and bear through the pain."
  • Gil Brandt of SIRIUS NFL Radio was a spectator at practice. He and Vic Carucci of NFL.com will broadcast live from Reliant Stadium from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. CT tomorrow on SIRIUS. Last year on his visit to Texans training camp, Brandt predicted that the Texans would win the AFC South. As he pointed out to me this afternoon, the Texans were a couple of missed field goals and chances from the one-yard line away from that prediction coming true.
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