Camp notebook: Day 3 afternoon practice

Quick-hit notes and observations from the Texans' indoor practice on Sunday afternoon:

  • Guard Mike Brisiel (foot) and left tackle Duane Brown (knee) were given a rest from practice due to soreness. Texans coach Gary Kubiak said that both should be back at practice on Monday morning.
  • The Texans will suit up in full pads for the first time in their Monday morning practice, which is open to fans. Kubiak said they'll also be changing their schedule from two-a-day full-team practices to morning full-team practices and afternoon special teams practices.
  • Three days into camp, running back Chris Henry is emerging as a potential breakout player. "You don't want to put too much on a player this early (in camp), but he's been a very bright spot by seeing how hard he goes, and he's doing a great job for (special teams coordinator) Joe (Marciano)," Kubiak said. "He'll get a good chance, so let's see how he does."
  • Former Houston Rockets and New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, who's now a commentator for the NBA on ESPN and ABC, was among the guests on the sidelines at practice today. Van Gundy, the Rockets' coach from 2003-07, spent a few minutes after practice chatting with Kubiak and Texans GM Rick Smith. "I really enjoy listening to him on TV," Kubiak said. "I told him that I find it so interesting to see him critique his brother (Orlando Magic coach Stan Van Gundy) on the air. It was nice to meet him."
  • Players also took notice of Van Gundy. "Great to see @NotoriousJv_G on the sidelines at practice today...could have used some pointers on my jumper though," tweeted defensive end Connor Barwin, a walk-on basketball player at Cincinnati.
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