|Arian Foster left practice early Wednesday with an illness. (US Presswire)|
Texans' RB Arian Foster left practice early Wednesday because he was not feeling well. Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that Foster's illness would not affect his status for Sunday's game with the Jaguars.
Kubiak said a bit of a bug is going around the Texans' locker room. CB Johnathan Joseph had to leave the team's opener against the Dolphins on Sunday in the second half because he was not feeling well.
“We got something going on with our team a little,” Kubiak said. “[Joseph] got sick on Sunday ... been sick for a couple days. We got a few guys not feeling well. [Foster] came out and started practice, and, about a quarter of the way into it, started feeling very poorly. So, obviously, we got some little bug going on or something. So, hopefully it doesn't get too bad.”
Foster had to leave practice early last Thursday due to a knee injury and missed practice Friday. However, he played against the Dolphins, carrying the ball 26 times for 79 yards and two touchdowns.
- Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew had 19 carries for 77 yards against the Vikings. “You know he's a guy that takes great care of himself and he'd be ready to go when he came back,” Kubiak said. “It's a big challenge for us. He's obviously a great player. He's going to get his touches. He's very difficult to tackle. So, we got to put a big emphasis this week on tackling and finishing plays defensively.”
- Kubiak said that Jaguars' QB Blaine Gabbert looks like a different player from last year. “[Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey] has built [Gabbert's] confidence through their scheme and how they're throwing the ball and what they're trying to get done," Kubiak said. "I think they're bringing the process along to get him confidence as an NFL player. What he went through last year is obviously difficult, but the snaps are still very, very valuable and now you see it paying off."
- LB Bryan Braman (hamstring) was back at practice Wednesday. Kubiak said Braman could be one of the best special teams players in the NFL. “It's kind of like a junkyard attitude,” Braman told reporters of playing special teams. “The basic standpoint about it is not too many people want to play special teams. They all want to play defense or offense. They want to be starters. So, I kind of look at it as the job that nobody else wants, but I'm going to be the best at it.”
- DE J.J. Watt is pleased that the Texans are being hunted in the division. “That means people have respect for you, but we go into it with the mentality that we are always the hunters,” he said. “You have to. You have to go out there every single week like you're fighting for your food, like you're hungry, because if you sit back and rest on your laurels, that's when you get beat. And we'll never do that.”
- Watt has received the nickname “J.J. Swatt” after all his deflected passes against the Dolphins. “I like it,” Watt said. “I just don't like that it doesn't incorporate anything else. I don't want to just be known for batting balls. I want to be known for sacks, TFL's and all of that.”
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