Brooks day-to-day, Newton earns praise from O'Brien

Starting right guard Brandon Brooks is doing better and day-to-day, according to head coach Bill O'Brien, after leaving Sunday's game with a left ankle/leg injury.

"He's a tough guy and he was kind of bent in an awkward direction yesterday," O'Brien said Monday. "He'll get treatment and he'll work hard to get back on the field."

Brooks left during the Texans second offensive series against Baltimore and did not return. Right tackle Derek Newton shifted left and filled in for Brooks while Tyson Clabo took over for Newton at tackle.

"I give Newt (Newton) a lot of credit," O'Brien said. "To be able to go from right tackle and move into guard, that's a whole different position. That's a whole different world. Playing guard compared to playing tackle, we'd have to be here all day to describe the differences there so I give him a lot of credit. He didn't really get a lot of reps at that during the week, but he went in there and did a very commendable job. Clabs (Clabo) came in and fought hard and he did a decent job too."

Houston's offensive line didn't give up a sack in Sunday's 25-13 win over Baltimore and paved the way for 123 total rushing yards.

"It is all about confidence," Newton said after the game. "We had a great week of practice and a great week of film. So it is just about coming in a putting it together on Sundays."

The (8-7) Texans will host the (3-12) Jacksonville Jaguars for their final game of the regular season. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. on CBS KHOU-11 and SportsRadio 610.

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