A handful of veteran starters sat out Thursday night's win at Kansas City, but it wasn't necessarily because they were injured.
Instead, head coach Bill O'Brien explained that some had gotten enough good work during training camp at The Greenbrier in West Virginia.
"One of the things this year, is we're looking at their reps during practice," O'Brien said. "We're saying 'Hey these guys are getting good reps in practice. Let's give some other guys some opportunities."
Wide receivers DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller, defensive end J.J. Watt, linebacker Benardrick McKinney, and defensive backs Johnathan Joseph and Tyrann Mathieu had participated in camp, but didn't see the field at Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday. Instead, many younger and more inexperienced players got an abundance of reps in their place.
"A bunch of guys got opportunities in the game, and I think that's good for our team."
The Texans will practice Saturday, have Sunday off, and then practice Monday through Thursday at the Houston Methodist Training Center. On Wednesday and Thursday they'll work against the 49ers.
Take a look at a few key Traveling Texans that made their way to Kansas City to watch the Texans earn their first 2018 preseason win against the Chiefs.