Notes from the Texans' practice and locker room on Friday at Reliant Stadium:
Cornerback Kareem Jackson didn't practice Friday, and is listed as questionable for Sunday's contest against the Steelers. Should he be unable to go, veteran Jason Allen would start in Jackson's place.
"I think there's still a chance he could play," Texans head coach Gary Kubiak said of Jackson. "So it'll probably be a game-time decision, probably get him up moving around tomorrow morning and work him out before the game."
Kubiak also mentioned that Brice McCain will likely see some time in the game as well, and that the absence of Jackson is an opportunity for the two reserves.
"Jason's basically played as much, almost as much as a starter, probably just a little bit less than Kareem, so he's played a lot of football," Kubiak said. "Brice basically starts in nickel, so he's got his starter ability on our football team. If Kareem's unable to go, those guys will have to stand up and do their job."
Set for Sunday
With running back Arian Foster expected to start Sunday, Kubiak was asked about the 2010 All-Pro's readiness.
"He looks good," Kubiak said. "I think it's still our job to watch the reps. We'll watch him, but we're going to put him back to work full-time and see how he holds up."
He added that playing against a Steelers' defense helmed by coordinator Dick LeBeau is a challenge, and that Foster's return helps in that regard.
"Arian has been a three-down player on a consistent basis," Kubiak said. "Playing somebody as complicated as this, obviously it's nice to have him back."
Notable VisitorTexans chairman and CEO Bob McNair was at practice, and he brought his friend James A. Baker, III with him. The former Secretary of State watched from the sidelines with McNair, and later ate lunch in the team cafeteria as well. Baker served as Chief of Staff under President Ronald Reagan's first administration and was the Secretary of State for George H.W. Bush.
Quotable"I think we got a tough football team. The course of the season, we'll find out." –Kubiak on whether or not beating the Steelers will prove that the Texans are tough.