Jadeveon Clowney should be able to play against the Chiefs in Week 1.
Bill O'Brien said the outside linebacker was on track to appear in the regular season opener, and that the return from injury was positive.
"I think he's doing well," the head coach said on Wednesday. "We've got a good plan in place for him, from a medical perspective."
O'Brien also added that the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft steadily gets more reps each day on the practice field, and that the Texans are "inching him forward to be able to go in that first game".
Clowney's doing so well, that he's said his knee hasn't been an issue.
"Just really, not paying attention to my knee," Clowney said. "I'm just worrying about football."
Clowney rushed the passer and was also called upon, at times, to drop into coverage in 2014. He said Wednesday that he'll be "ready for all situations" when he gets into a game.
The Texans practice again on Thursday and Friday, and will leave for New Orleans on Saturday. They face the Saints at 3 p.m. CT on Sunday.
The Houston Texans roster in photos. (Updated 7/29/2021)