Johnathan Joseph cleared to play

Johnathan Joseph returned to practice after clearing the NFL's concussion protocol early Monday.

"J-Jo (Joseph) was out there today and looked good," head coach Bill O'Brien said after practice. "It looks like he'll be ready to go."

The nine-year veteran cornerback, who had never had a prior concussion, suffered his first in Week 9 against the Philadelphia Eagles. According to Joseph, he took a knee to the helmet that caused him to leave the game in the first quarter. He remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game.

"I'm thankful for it, the way the league has responded to it, the way they are handling things," Joseph said of the league's five-step process. "Obviously, it gives the player the right mindset - that you're able to go back out there and focus on everything. The do take the proper steps to make sure that safety is first."

Kareem Jackson, who also left in the first quarter against the Eagles, has been day-to-day with a reported knee injury. According to O'Brien, Jackson may likely miss Sunday's game in Cleveland.

Players gain an extra practice day on Monday after their four days off during the bye week. The (4-5) Texans travel to Cleveland on Sunday to face the (6-3) Browns. Kickoff is scheduled for 12 p.m. on CBS KHOU-11 and SportsRadio 610.

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