Fullback Vonta Leach kept his Texans teammates loose with an interesting choice of clothing on Friday.
The Texans were outside at the Methodist Training Center on Friday for their final practice in preparation for the upcoming game at Buffalo
Johnson is ready: After a scare on Sunday because of a lung contusion, the news about wide receiver Andre Johnson has improved day-by-day. For more on his status for for this weekend's game with the Buffalo Bills, click here.
Big play potential: The last time the Texans played Buffalo, wide receiver Lee Evans caught 11 passes for 265 yards and pair of touchdowns. The Bills were victorious 24-10 in that 2006 Week 10 matchup at Reliant Stadium, and Evans was obviously a big reason why. He scored on a pair of 83-yard touchdown receptions on the team's first two possessions to give the Bills a lead.
"They had a huge game against us," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "They beat us big-time on a couple of plays."
So far in 2009, Evans hasn't duplicated the success of years past. His best game statistically was last weekend when he caught five passes for 75 yards and a score. In all, Evans has 21 receptions in 2009 for 302 yards and three touchdowns. In two of the last three seasons, Evans cracked the 1,000-yard receiving mark.
Kubiak is still wary of Evans and fellow receiver Terrell Owens, despite the relatively slow start.
"We're going to have to contain them," he said. "With him and T.O. and (Josh) Reed, they can make some plays. Obviously, they got a heck of a (running) back (Marshawn Lynch), so defensively we're going to have to play extremely well and keep them away from big plays."
Cornerback Dunta Robinson also is wary of the Bills' receiving corps. He doesn't want his secondary to be the first of the season to get exposed - especially by Owens.
"I don't know how many yards he has so far, but he's one of those guys that can go for 200 yards in a football game," Robinson said. "I wouldn't call him a sleeping giant; you watch him on film and he's still getting open."
Jamison up, Winborn out: The Texans waived veteran linebacker Jamie Winborn and signed defensive end Tim Jamison to the 53-man roster on Friday, bringing the rookie lineman back from the practice squad. Jamison was on the active roster for the contests against the Cardinals and the Bengals before a move to the practice squad the week of the 49ers game. Winborn joined the team last week but was inactive against San Francisco.
Too tight?: It was a gray morning practice with temperatures in the 50's, and fullback Vonta Leach sported bright red tights on his legs. The getup got its share of laughs, but Kubiak jokingly gave an answer to what he thought about Leach's outfit.
"Not much," he said.
With a grin on his face, Kubiak described the motivation by the veteran Leach.
"That's Vonta," he said. "I don't know what he was supposed to be, to be honest with you. You might have to tell me. I didn't know they made tights that small and that ugly."
Kubiak's description was actually a mild one compared to some comments from Leach's "Fashion Police" teammates.
"Any time you see Vonta in tight-fitting clothes, it's not something you want to be around," right tackle Eric Winston said.
Added Johnson, "For Vonta to have on basically all spandex…that's not a good look. He had on too much red."
Leach said he was just having fun and trying to keep his teammates loose, which he said was accomplished.
"Since it was Halloween and we weren't going to get a chance to celebrate, I wanted to come out there on Friday and loosen the guys up," he said. "We've got a big game coming up this week. I just wanted to go out there and have a little fun. I think my costume is pretty good. It was all in fun."
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