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Johnathan Joseph practices, good to go for Sunday


Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph practiced without any issues on Friday and is expected to be in the starting lineup in Week 4 against the Tennessee Titans.

Joseph did not practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday because of a sore groin. He is listed as probable for Sunday's game.

"J-Joe is fine, took his full allotment of practice," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on Friday afternoon. "Expect him to be ready to go.

"I thought that's where we were heading, but you never know until he gets back out there. So unless he comes in sore tomorrow or there is a problem, he sure looked pretty good at practice today."

Joseph, who made the Pro Bowl last season and was named second-team All-Pro, covers the opposing team's best receiver every week. He helped the Texans improve from 32nd to second in passing defense in 2011.

"He's a leader back there on the back end," Kubiak said. "The old saying is, there's a shutdown corner on each football team. He's our guy. It's very important, and he's been playing extremely well. He played a lot of snaps (in Week 3)… It's really just being smart with guys, and he showed us today that I think the rest for the last two days was important, the way he practiced today."

Joseph said he will not be limited "at all" against the Titans, who rank 10th in the NFL in passing yards per game.

"Yesterday was just more preventative," Joseph said. "I'm just being smart about it, using the extra day. I'm feeling fine. Obviously, I missed Wednesday and Thursday. I was a little sorer than I expected on Thursday, came out today, did everything. Should be fine to go Sunday."

Wide receiver Lestar Jean has been ruled out for Week 4 because of a knee injury. The Texans hope to have him back in a couple of weeks. No Texans players were listed as doubtful or questionable for Sunday's game.

The Titans will be without starting middle linebacker Colin McCarthy, who did not practice this week because of an ankle injury. Wide receiver Kenny Britt also has an ankle injury and did not practice this week. He is questionable, as is tight end Jared Cook, who was limited on Thursday and Friday with a shoulder injury.

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