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Tom Savage "confident" in health, opportunity for '17

Tom Savage thinks the tough luck he's had with injuries can be a thing of the past.

"I'm very confident in myself coming into this year that I will be available and I'm excited," the fourth-year quarterback said Monday.

Savage exited a Week 17 contest at Tennessee with a concussion. After engineering a Week 15 comeback win over the Jaguars, and a Christmas Eve victory over Cincinnati the next week, he had to leave the game in Nashville during the first half.

The 2014 fourth-rounder spent 2015 on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury he suffered in the preseason finale. A knee injury at Indianapolis in 2014 derailed his chances of starting the final two games of his rookie year.

Now though, Savage said he's taken steps to avoid those problems.

"I went through and I watched all of my injuries from the past and I think a lot of them can be avoided just with experience," Savage said. "Let's just be real. Rookie year was rookie year. That's whatever. The second year with the shoulder, it's the fourth preseason game, throw the ball away. I'm not Michael Vick. I shouldn't be rolling around trying to make a play. And then last year, I need to get a yard and get down. I don't need to beat Mike Alstott and run through there and get four yards and the quarterback sneak. Those are all things that you will learn and adapt."

Savage and the Texans began the offseason conditioning program on Monday at NRG Stadium.

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