Sunday in Minneapolis, there's a chance Duane Brown suits up and plays for the Texans.
The Pro Bowl left tackle hasn't seen game action since exiting the Week 17 win over Jacksonville with a quadriceps injury. He started practicing with the team on September 26.
"He's making progress towards being able to play on Sunday," head coach Bill O'Brien said on Monday. "He feels better and better about where his leg's at right now."
Houston faces the Vikings on Sunday at noon CT. While O'Brien was hopeful about Brown's return to action, there is still a degree of doubt.
"It'll be good if we can get him back in there," O'Brien said. "I'm not sure if that's going to be the case against Minnesota but it's trending that way."
Brown's started 120 games since the Texans drafted him in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft. No current player has been with the team longer.
Chris Clark started the first four games of the season in place of Brown.
Check out the best game photos as the Texans took on the Titans at NRG Stadium.