Notes from the Texans' practice and locker room on Wednesday at Reliant Stadium:
Foster returnsFor the first time since August 26, running back Arian Foster was on the practice field with his teammates. Foster, who injured his left hamstring during the preseason contest at San Francisco, was inactive Week 1 against the Colts. For more on Foster's return to practice, and likelihood for Week 2 at Miami, click here.
O-line impressionsIn Week 1 against the Colts, the Texans' offensive line allowed just one sack and helped pave the way for Ben Tate's 116-yard rushing performance. Continuing the work of the past few seasons, the line looked solid against Indianapolis. Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison believes continuity is one of the keys to the success.
"To make calls are one thing, but to understand how the guy next to you does the certain combinations that you need to do, I think that's great to have those guys like that together," Dennison said on Monday. "They worked very hard in the game against a tough group and I think that will help them confidence-wise and will certainly help us win some games"
Back to MiamiSunday's game at Sun Life Stadium is a bit of a homecoming for the six former Miami Hurricanes on the Texans roster, as well as former Dolphins Wade Smith and Jason Allen.
"I kinda get tired of going back; I have to buy too many tickets," wide receiver Andre Johnson joked. "But it's fun to go back home and play in front of your family and friends."
Johnson, who played on the Hurricanes' 2001 national title team, said he'll buy about 150 game tickets for friends and family.
Center Chris Myers, who's from Miami and played at 'The U' from 2000-04, is also looking forward to the trip. But he knows it's all about business once the game starts.
"It's always fun to go back there and know that your fans are in the stands and your family is in the stands, but when it's kickoff time, you don't even think about that type of stuff," Myers said.
Allen, who joined the Texans in the middle of last season after spending the first four-and-a-half years of his career in Miami, said it will be a business trip for him but that he's looking forward to seeing some friends during his time there.
Anderson backThe Texans signed free agent wide receiver David Anderson and released defensive end Tim Bulman, bringing back the veteran pass-catcher who spent the 2011 training camp with the Broncos.
With Kevin Walter sidelined due to the collarbone injury, the Texans were down to just three healthy wide receivers on the roster, in Andre Johnson, Jacoby Jones and Bryant Johnson.
"I'm glad I'm here," Anderson said. "Things didn't work out over there, there was an opportunity to come back, so I'm going to make the most of it."
Anderson found out about Walter's injury through text messages, tried out for the squad on Tuesday and was at practice this afternoon. According to Kubiak, Anderson fit in seamlessly with the offense at practice.
"He knows exactly what he's doing," Kubiak said. "David could've played today. He knows our offense and he's run it very well before."
Quotable"I wanted something sleek, that looked like I was running fast. I had to confirm with (former Texans WR) Glenn Martinez that I could take over 17." --WR David Anderson, on his new jersey number of 17.
"I got a grey hair on my head now." –WR Jacoby Jones on what's different about him this year.