The Texans offensive line got a much-needed boost with the return of tackle Martinas Rankin. The Texans third-round draft pick out of Mississippi State passed his physical and was reinstated to the active roster just in time for Monday's practice at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
"He's full-go," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's ready to go. We'll just continue – we're not going to be 50 reps in one practice, but we'll bring him back. He'll come back as he can handle the workload."
Rankin was placed on the Active/Physically Unable To Perform list heading into training camp last month and missed OTAs and veteran minicamp with an undisclosed injury.
"I feel pretty confident," Rankin said. "That did give me some time to really focus on the playbook, and that's really all I had to do. That part, I feel confident out here. I feel great. I'm glad to be back out with the rest of the team."
Now back on the active roster, Rankin could see action as early as the Texans upcoming preseason game this weekend.
"I think that's a big part of being injured, is to really pay attention and understand what your job is so that when you get back out here, we don't have to be too concerned about your knowledge of assignments," O'Brien said. "It's more about just getting used to the speed of the game. I think we just bring them back. As long as they've been paying attention in meetings, they should be ready to go."
The Texans will travel to Los Angeles to face the Rams in their Week 3 preseason matchup. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT Saturday on ABC-13 and SportsRadio 610.
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