Locker room reacts to Keenum return

Case Keenum rejoined the Texans, and his teammates were happy to see him.

"It's good to have him back," defensive end J.J. Watt said. "Obviously the city here loves him. He's a Houston kid."

Keenum was on the Saint Louis practice squad, but signed with the Texans and was placed on the 53-man roster two days ago. The team lost starter Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken tibia, and backup Tom Savage suffered a leg injury on the penultimate offensive play at Indianapolis. Keenum returned to the franchise that signed him as an undrafted rookie in May of 2012, and saw him start eight games in 2013.

Left tackle Duane Brown, like Watt, was glad to see former Texan signal caller back in the fold.

"Case is a great competitor, someone who is knowledgeable of the offense, knowledgeable of the team and personnel around here," Brown said. "It's good to have him added to the roster."

Keenum battled T.J. Yates and Savage in the spring and summer for the backup job. He was in OTAs and minicamp for the installation of head coach Bill O'Brien's offense, and that base of knowledge is a plus in the eyes of center Chris Myers.

"He was here this preseason, so very familiar with the offense and he's comfortable with the players and being around them," Myers said. "So that's a leg up."

Keenum's first bit of on-field work in his second stint with the team was Wednesday at the Houston Methodist Training Center.

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