Texans heading to New Orleans

Tomorrow, the Texans head to New Orleans for an exciting week of practices leading up to the two teams' Saturday night matchup in the Louisiana Superdome.

Houston will conduct three joint practices with the Saints - two on Wednesday and one on Thursday morning - at New Orleans' practice facility in Metairie, adding some spice to what thus far has been a decidedly cautious preseason under Texans head coach Gary Kubiak.

Kubiak, looking forward to going against one of the most talented squads in the NFC, addressed the media on Monday about the intersquad scuffles that have characterized other joint practices around this NFL this preseason.

"It's naturally a competitive environment," Kubiak said. "I think it will be good for our team. They're an excellent football team. A lot of people are picking them to do some great, great things this year, so it's good work for us.

"(Saints head coach) Sean (Payton) and I talked last night. We'll work in our pads a couple of times and in shorts one day. It's up to us to keep that under control and both teams to get better by the end of the week."

The Texans will practice alone on Thursday afternoon and again on Friday in the Superdome in prepearation for the game.

We'll be there every step of the way, chronicling the higlights from the joint practice sessions and any other news as the Texans spend a week away from home. Check back on HoustonTexans.com for daily updates.

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