Alfred Blue dealing with shoulder injury

Alfred Blue, who was noticeably absent from Sunday's lineup against San Francisco, did not practice on Tuesday.

"He's dealing with a minor shoulder injury," head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday. "It's not anything serious but it does warrant time off as far as contact so we're just making sure that he's healthy when we bring him back. We don't want to bring him back too soon. Very competitive position, we know what Alfred can do. We like Alfred but we want to make sure he's healthy when he comes back."

Blue traveled with the team to Santa Clara and participated in Friday's joint practice with the 49ers. The third-year running back, however, did not suit up for the game two days later. Blue's former LSU teammate Kenny Hilliard, who spent the 2015 season on the Texans practice squad, led the team with 40 yards rushing on 12 carries in the 24-13 win over the 49ers.

The Texans will host joint practice against the New Orleans Saints on Thursday and the two teams will face each other on Saturday in Week 2 of the preseason. Kickoff at NRG Stadium is set for 7 p.m. on ABC-13 and SportsRadio 610.

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