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Practice report: Injury wrap


Because of snow, the Texans practiced inside the Methodist Training Center Friday morning. It was their final practice before their Sunday game at Jacksonville.

Brown's in: Left tackle Duane Brown practiced on Friday with the first-team offense after being limited at times earlier in the week because of a sprained left knee. Reserve lineman Rashad Butler saw more reps than usual this week, but head coach Gary Kubiak said the outlook is bright for Brown this Sunday versus Jacksonville.

"I think we're good to go," Kubiak said. "Obviously, if he has any issues then Butler will play, but Butler's had a good week of practice, too."

Brown didn't hesitate when saying he's ready to go against the Jaguars

"The plan is to play as much as possible," Brown said. "I plan to play the full 60 minutes."

Brown said he felt "pretty good" today and that he improved every day throughout the week after injuring his knee late in last Sunday's game against the Colts.

"I kind of hyperextended it the play before our last touchdown," Brown said. "I tried to plant on it and it hyperextended and twisted kind of funny. The doctors said it was something you don't really see too much of, the way it bent."

Slaton's status: Running back Steve Slaton is a question mark for the game because of a right shoulder injury that's caused a bit of numbness in the tip of his right thumb.

Kubiak said Chris Brown would start and Ryan Moats would be ready to pick up the slack if Slaton can't go against the Jaguars. Slaton, though, said he's not too worried.

"I don't really think it's that serious," Slaton said. "I'll just wait until Sunday to see how it feels. Every game is important from here on out."

{QUOTE}Moats, who ran for three touchdowns and picked up 126 yards on 23 carries against the Bills in Week 8, said he's prepared to play if need be.

"I'm just trying to stay on top of everything and make sure I have everything in line so I can be valuable," Moats said. "I'll do whatever I have to do to help us."

Quin out: Rookie corner Glover Quin will not play at Jacksonville due to what he termed "a few concussion symptoms" from taking a minor hit to the head against the Colts. Fellow rookie Brice McCain will see a bit more action because of Quin's absence.

"I had minor headaches earlier in the week," Quin said. "I never did get like nausea or throwing up or anything like that. I just had a slight headache."

Quin said he took a knee to the head on the Colts' scoring drive that gave Indianapolis the lead, and that he wasn't "all there" on the play after he sustained the blow.

"It's nothing major, just taking precaution right now," Quin said. "I wouldn't say it was a (concussion). If it was a concussion, it was real light, a slight concussion, a mild concussion, something like that."

Quin has started eight games for the Texans this season.

"I'm very disappointed," Quin said of being out this week. "This is the type of game I want to play in, a hard-nosed, physical game. This is where I want to be. But they're taking precautions. So I'll sit out this week and hopefully I can come back next week."

With Quin out, McCain moves up in the corner rotation behind starters Dunta Robinson and Jacques Reeves.

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