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Practice Insider: Thursday


Head coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday he expects defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to return to action Sunday against the Texans.

Green gets reps: Running back Ahman Green hurt his knee in Week 2 and has not been the same since. Chronic swelling has forced the starting rusher to sit out three of the last four games and watch from the sidelines during practice. This week, Green's knee has seen dramatic improvements.

Green practiced with the scout team Thursday, getting the most reps he's taken in weeks.

"We wanted to push him a little bit," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "We'll see how he wakes up in the morning, how the knee responds, and we'll see. It was a positive move."

Green is still day-to-day. The Texans will examine the Pro Bowler's knee Friday and determine if Green will be ready for Sunday's game against the Titans.

"The plan today was to push him and see, so let's see what happens tomorrow," Kubiak said.

"It'd be huge for our team. Y'all know how our football team has responded when he's been available."

If Green is not ready to go, Ron Dayne will get his third consecutive start. Dayne has averaged 96.3 rushing yards over his last three games. He will be backed up by Adimchinobi Echemandu and rookie Darius Walker.

Walter balling: In 11 games this year, wide receiver Kevin Walter has caught 52 passes for 641 yards and two touchdowns. The five-year veteran is on pace to finish the year with 76 catches for 932 yards. Not too shabby.

And he might get there even faster with his aggressive mentality going into the Titans game.

"We've got to start off fast," Walter said. "We didn't start off fast in that game as an offense. We've got to start off and execute fast and score points. These guys are going to come and try to be physical with us. We've got to punch them in the mouth and run the ball and make plays downfield a lot better than we did last week."

"They're balls to the wall. They go crazy out there on defense. Their front seven is extremely good and their back half is real good, too. Those guys work hard. Their defense is a good defense and they have been all year, and they're continuing to play well. We've just got to go out there and execute."

Killings visits: Defensive tackle Cedric Killings, who suffered severe neck injuries in Week 2, wore a huge smile while watching the Texans practice. Killings, however, was not wearing his neck brace.

The 310-pound tackle fractured his C-4 vertebra and was unable to move any of his limbs for a time on the field, but has made a remarkable recovery since Sept. 23.

Killings' presence helped to inspire the Texans as they continue to prepare for a divisional rivalry game against the Titans.

Bundle of joy: Defensive tackle Travis Johnson missed practice for the birth of his son, Travis Andre Johnson II. The proud father will return to the field Friday. Mother and son are healthy and will be cheering on the tackle this Sunday.

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

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