Texans practice with crowd noise, new running back

The Texans practiced with simulated crowd noise today in preparation for the LP Field crowd in Nashville. The noise was so loud that I could hear it across the street from the Methodist Training Center as I was walking out of Reliant Stadium to practice. The tempo and intensity of practice was noticeably higher today coming off of Sunday's disappointing loss to the Jets.

There was a new face on the practice field today: Anthony Alridge, the former University of Houston running back who has been signed to the practice squad. Alridge replaces linebacker Buster Davis, who was released from the practice squad on Tuesday.

A native of Denton, Texas, Alridge signed with the Denver Broncos as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2008. He was placed on injured reserve before the 2008 season, then waived by Denver in February. He spent the 2009 offseason and preseason with the Washington Redskins.

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