Reading the coverage of the Texans...
As he recovers from his concussion, Texans receiver Andre Johnson will have to undergo exhaustive testing by team doctors and an independent neurologist to make sure he is completely symptom free. David Barron of the Houston Chronicle tracked down Dr. Kenneth Podell, a neuropsychologist and co-director of the Methodist Concussion Center, who explained the details of the process for return. At the bottom of the story, Barron sheds some light on the mysterious "phases" that Texans coach Gary Kubiak is always saying he doesn't completely understand. Kubiak says phase five means a player can return. Barron writes that a player can go through two stages per day. By the end of all the stages, the neurologists have to be sure the player is symptom-free both at rest and after physical activity. Barron also highlights the changes in this year's concussion protocol.
For the motivated among you, check this story out, too, written by our Mike Sando last year. Sando's long, winding search for details on the concussion protocol led him to Dr. Stan Herring, a Seahawks team physician and a member of the NFL's head, neck and spine committee. He talked more about concussions in general and gave some interesting anecdotes about the process.
Greg Bedard of Monday Morning Quarterback takes a look at a crucial play in Sunday afternoon's game. The play resulted in an incomplete pass on a third-and-1 thrown by Titans quarterback Jake Locker with 1:14 left in the fourth quarter. Bedard says the Texans' defense left Locker in a good position, but he rushed his throw.
Safety Ed Reed was "very, very close" to returning Sunday, but Kubiak feels he made a decision based on the team's long-term plans for him, writes Deepi Sidhu of HoustonTexans.com. Sidhu took over for Nick Scurfield at HoustonTexans.com this season and I should have been linking her all this time.
What used to be a weakness for the Texans is now a strength, writes John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Close games are no longer their nemesis. McClain notes that rather than wilt after throwing that last pick-six, Texans quarterback Matt Schaub rallied to lead a comeback.
The carries for the Texans' running backs will likely look similar in Week 3 to the first two games. Kubiak likes how both Arian Foster and Ben Tate played Sunday against the Titans, writes Dave Zangaro of CSNHouston.com. Also a note here about kicker Randy Bullock's struggles.