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Monday, December 2, 2013
Six Texans wouldn't have practiced today

By Tania Ganguli

HOUSTON -- Since the Houston Texans play on Thursday this week, they must put out an injury report on Monday and Tuesday.

Houston will have a walkthrough in about an hour, but released a report estimating the participation levels of its players had they practiced today.

Fullback Greg Jones (knee), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (groin), inside linebacker Joe Mays (knee), inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton (knee), guard Wade Smith (knee) and running back Ben Tate (ankle/ribs) would not have participated in practice.

Cornerback Kareem Jackson (ribs), outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (hip), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (hamstring), center Chris Myers (elbow) and inside linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (groin) would have been limited in practice.

The Texans listed five players on the injury report who would have been full participants in practice, including four defensive backs -- cornerback Brice McCain, safety Jawanza Starling, safety D.J. Swearinger and safety Shiloh Keo.

The defensive back injury situation was one that concerned Texans coach Gary Kubiak on Sunday after the team's 34-31 loss to the New England Patriots.

"We had some problems in the secondary with (Swearinger), and Brice got a little nicked up and Eddie (Pleasant)," Kubiak said. "At one point we didn’t have enough guys to go in there when we called the timeout. That’s part of it right now. Just beat up and we have to turn around and play real quick on Thursday."

Three days of rest won't give much time for them to heal.