Texans G Wade Smith still eying opener

September, 5, 2013
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HOUSTON -- Houston Texans guard Wade Smith has been making a push to be ready for the season opener on Monday night. He said last week that he had a good chance of doing it.

"It worked out perfectly for me and for our group," Smith said. "We’ve got some guys that have been nicked up and guys that needed a little extra time, and so we get a full extra day and it’s a late game."

Smith had knee surgery during the preseason. He was listed as limited on today's injury report, though Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he took the "full load" of practice. Smith and safety Ed Reed were both listed as limited participants.

Offensive tackle David Quessenberry is still on the active roster as the Texans work through whether or not to place him on injured reserve/designated to return. Darryl Sharpton missed practice as he recovers from a concussion with which he was diagnosed before the Texans' third preseason game. We had initially been told Sharpton was sick.

Eleven players were listed as full participants in practice, including running back Arian Foster, who said he feels like he's ready to handle a full workload on Monday against the San Diego Chargers. Of course, it's not up to him.

"I feel like I’m game-ready to carry the load, but obviously I can understand his timidness and the little bit of withdrawal that he’ll have," Foster said of his head coach. "It’s early in the season. It’s game one. I’ll get my feet wet this game."

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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