For the first time since late October, Kareem Jackson took part in practice with his teammates. And on Sunday in Jacksonville, there's a good chance the veteran cornerback will return to action for the first time since November 2.
"Kareem was out there today and he looked good," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "It is day-to-day, but I think moving forward it looks better and better that he'd be able to play in the game."
Jackson was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday because of a knee injury he suffered against the Eagles. Fellow veteran corner Johnathan Joseph said Jackson's return will be a nice boost to a
The Texans hit the Houston Methodist Training Center practice fields on Wednesday.
defense that picked off three passes last weekend in the win over Tennessee.
"Just another leader out there on defense and another playmaker," Joseph said. "Any time you have all of your best guys out there on the field, it's always a good thing for the team."
Jackson's logged 42 tackles, six passes defensed and an interception in nine starts this season. In his place, younger cornerbacks like A.J. Bouye, Jumal Rolle and Daryl Morris have seen their playing time increase. They've gained valuable experience in his absence, but Bouye said he's "excited to get Kareem back" in the secondary.
Defensive end J.J. Watt leads the Texans with 11.5 sacks in 2014, and credited Jackson, Joseph and the rest of the secondary for helping in his success.
"I think our DB's have done a great job this year," Watt said. "Obviously, anytime you get sacks you have to give credit to your DB's because of that. I mean, they're getting turnovers, takeaways, and scoring pick sixes. It's a lot of fun when everybody is involved."
Jackson and the Texans will practice again on Thursday and Friday before heading to Jacksonville on Saturday. Kickoff is Sunday at noon CT in EverBank Field.