Kareem Jackson returned to practice Wednesday. The sixth-year starting cornerback was limited in his participation but had a productive first day, according to head coach Bill O'Brien.
"He looked good," O'Brien said. "I thought he had one of his better practices."
Jackson has been inactive for four games after suffering an ankle injury during the Oct. 18 win at Jacksonville. Jackson's return looks likely for Sunday's game against the Saints and comes after the team's three-game win streak.
"It's always nice to have an experienced player come back and I thought he looked halfway decent today," defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. "Anytime you miss the amount of time that he's missed, he's got to get his legs back under him and so hopefully he can get that done during the course of this week and be ready to go on Sunday."
It's been tough, Jackson said, to not battle with his teammates but can't wait to contribute and keep the momentum going.
"For me, just to be a piece of the puzzle," Jackson said. "I just want to come in and fit in where I fit in and continue to help these guys go out and get wins on Sundays."
The (5-5) Texans host the (4-6) Saints on Sunday with kickoff set for noon CT on FOX-26 and SportsRadio 610.