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Duane Brown eager to return

Duane Brown can't wait to put on the pads.

After watching a revamped offense put up 31 points before halftime in Sunday's win over Arizona, the starting left tackle is eager to join his teammates.

"It's amazing," Brown said Sunday. "Watching those guys work and the weapons that we have. I'm definitely on the sideline itching. I'd love to be out there with my guys, but they're definitely doing a good job with my absence."

The All-Pro, entering his ninth season with the Texans, has been working his way back from a January quadriceps surgery.

"It's been a long year and I'm really hitting the stride right now, just trying to keep it going and avoid any setbacks," Brown said. "Had a great week last week and just trying to get another one."

Brown says he's "hopeful" to be back for the season opener, but no decision has been made yet.

"He's working hard to get back in there," head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "As far as the timetable for when he'll be back in there, I'm not sure what that would be. I can't pinpoint right now what day that would be but when he's ready to play, the doctors and trainers will let us know and we'll get him back in there at left tackle."

Brown was placed on the Active/Physically Unable to Perform list prior to the start of training camp. A player on the Active/PUP list can be added to the roster at any point during training camp or the preseason when he is cleared to practice.

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