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Practice Insider - Friday


Defensive tackle Cedric Killings surprised his coach and teammates at practice Friday.

The Houston Texans practiced indoors Friday with running back Ahman Green and wide receiver Jerome Mathis nursing injuries on the sidelines.

Game time decisions: Running back Ahman Green sat out of his third consecutive practice Friday with wide receiver Jerome Mathis joining him on the sidelines.

Green is still rehabbing a bruised knee and Mathis is limping on a sore leg. Both players will be game time decisions.

"The bottom line is those guys have not practiced so it does not look good for either one of them, but they will be game time decisions," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "I would think that right now, Ahman would have more of a chance of possible playing than Jerome Mathis."

Because there's a chance Green could suit up Sunday in the Georgia Dome, the Texans have been shying away from making any roster moves at the running back position.

Receiver report: It's a different story at the receiver spot. With Mathis unlikely to play against the Falcons, the Texans are considering making roster moves for a wideout. Kubiak said he will look at the available options over the next 24 hours.

"What we're doing is trying to diagnose what's the best way we have a chance to win this weekend," Kubiak said. "Does that mean bringing a receiver off the practice squad? Or does that mean suiting up four tight ends? What does that mean? We're still trying to play that out, and that will go all the way up until Sunday morning."

The head coach also said that he did not plan on signing a player outside of the team.

"We like our two kids on the practice squad, with Harry (Williams) and Devin (Aromashodu)," Kubiak said. "We think they have a chance to be players and if we make a move, it will be with one of them."

Double duties: Cornerback Dexter Wynn will probably carry a double load in Atlanta, starting at punt returner and kick returner. Wynn will fill in for both Mathis, who surprised the Colts with an 84-yard touchdown on Sunday's opening kickoff, and punt returner Jacoby Jones, who separated his shoulder on a 74-yard return.

"I think he can do both," Kubiak said. "That's something he's done for us in the past and Joe (Marciano) is comfortable with it."

Wide receiver André Davis will back up Wynn as a kick return specialist and cornerback Jamar Fletcher will provide reserve support in the punt return spot.

Killings a captain: After defensive tackle Cedric Killings surprised his teammates with a visit at the end of practice, Kubiak announced that Killings will be a team captain in the Texans' game against Atlanta.

"We name captains every week," Kubiak said. "We have an offensive, defensive, and special teams captain. I told them Cedric is the captain. I know he can't go with us, but he's going with us in spirit and we're going to down there and play well for him."

Injury Report: For the Texans official injury report, please **click here**.

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