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Friday notebook: Jones expected to play


Wide receiver Jacoby Jones is expected to play against the Chiefs after practicing for the first time in two weeks on Friday. Jones, who suffered a calf injury in Week 4 at Oakland and was inactive in Week 5, is officially listed as questionable for the game.

"Everything looks good going into Sunday," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "He gives us speed as a returner and gives us an opportunity to make big plays… He's worked real hard and got himself back, so it'll be nice to have him."

Jones proclaimed himself "ready to ride," saying that he didn't experience any soreness in his left calf on Friday. He had his mind set on playing this week after watching the Texans' 34-10 loss to the Giants from the sidelines.

"I would come in at five in the morning and leave here at six in the evening, so really I didn't see no sun," he said. "I was just happy to get back there on the field (today) with those guys, man; run routes and have fun with them."

Four doubtful
Four Texans players were listed as doubtful on the Friday injury report: linebacker Xavier Adibi (hamstring), linebacker Kevin Bentley (knee), guard Mike Brisiel (knee) and cornerback Sherrick McManis (hamstring).

McManis, a rookie from Northwestern, recorded his first-career interception against the Giants. Adibi and Bentley's injuries mean linebacker David Nixon is likely to be active for the third time this season.

Jones, rookie wide receiver Dorin Dickerson (knee) and defensive end Mario Williams (shoulder) were listed as questionable. By definition, that means there's a 50-50 chance they won't play on Sunday, although Kubiak indicated that Williams will be available.

First reps
With Jesse Nading out with a knee injury, defensive end Mark Anderson will get his first game action as a Texan.

"He should play," Kubiak said. "He's had a good week."

Anderson was signed by the Texans last week after being cut by the Chicago Bears. He had 12 sacks as a rookie in 2006 but only 9.5 sacks over the next three seasons.

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