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Justin Britt, Christian Kirksey make debut off IR

The Houston Texans had two starters return in Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts. Despite the 31-0 loss, OL Justin Britt and LB Christian Kirksey performed well in their first games off the Reserve/Injured list.

"I thought they played well," Head Coach David Culley said. "Obviously, it was good having Justin back. He does a nice job up there of directing things with our guards, making calls. Our quarterbacks obviously have a real good comfort level with him. I thought Christian played really good considering he'd been out for a while."

Britt, who started six games at center, missed the Week 6 matchup at Indianapolis with a knee injury that eventually landed him on IR on Oct. 30. The Texans designated his return on Nov. 25, allowing him to practice with the team. Now in his seventh season, Britt will face his former team, the Seattle Seahawks, in Week 14.

"I felt great today," Britt said after the game. "I don't know if it was the juice of being out for a little bit, but body felt good. Shout out to our athletic training staff for helping me get back in a quick manner and in a healthy manner. I'm ready to see the film, build off this and try to go 1-0 next week. That's all we can do. That's all we can control."

Kirksey was wearing a cast for the thumb injury that caused him to miss three games. The eight-year veteran recorded the defense's lone takeaway against the Colts, recovering a fumble forced by DB Tavierre Thomas in the fourth quarter. Kirksey finished tied for second on the team with seven tackles (five solo), also notching one quarterback hit and one pass defensed.

"My thumb, it held up," Kirksey said. "I did the best I can do to be out there for my teammates. I mean, it's football. You've got to play through injuries. As long as I'm available to be out there, that's what I'm going to do."

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