The Texans practiced under the lights, and in pads, on Monday.
For the first time since the 2010 training camp, the Texans held a night practice at the Houston Methodist Training Center.
"The players came out ready to go," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "The first day in pads, long practice. "These guys were grinding it out, so I thought it was a good atmosphere."
With 5,085 fans in attendance, the team donned pads for the first time this camp as well. It was a physical evening of work for the squad, but it was welcomed by the players.
"It was a lot of fun," linebacker Mike Mohamed said. "It was good to get the first hits out of the way."
O'Brien noticed the lively crowd, and was extremely complimentary.
"The fans here are awesome," O'Brien said. "The Hard Knocks guys told me that this is the best fan support that they've seen at all the training camps that they've covered."
The team will not practice on Tuesday, and will get back to work on Wednesday morning. In the afternoon, the Texans will fly to Richmond, Virginia for their Thursday, Friday and Saturday practices against Washington.