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Early camp injuries and signings

Posted By Gabriel Rodriguez On Aug 7 2009 @ 8:44 pm In Houston Texans | 1 Comment

In the first week of training camp the Texans had two noteworthy free agent signings and suffered one major injury.

Earlier this week projected starting cornerback Jacques Reeves fractured his fibula, during practice, after getting tangled up with receiver Andre Davis in the end zone. 

 

This, in addition to Dunta Robinson's holdout, leaves the Texans without either of their projected starters at corner in camp.  Robinson is unhappy about having been given the franchise tag and is holding out for a new deal.

 

With Robinson and Reeves out of camp right now there will be plenty of reps for former starter Fred Bennett, second year man Antwuan Molden, and rookies Glover Quin and Brice McCain.  Molden should be particularly motivated after seeing mostly only special teams action last year and ending the season on IR.

 

To add depth to their roster of corners the Texans signed nine year veteran Deltha O'Neal.  O'Neal, who appeared in all 16 games (10 starts) for the Patriots last year, is a two-time Pro-Bowler who will bring a wealth of experience and leadership to the Texans' young depleted backfield. 

 

Houston also signed running back Andre Hall to help bolster their stable of running backs.  Clifton Dawson and rookie Arian Foster are injured.  The team waived injured rookie Jeremiah Johnson.  None of these players were expected to have much of an impact on offense, but until they signed Hall the team had only three healthy running backs.  And in the NFL you never know injuries will thrust a fourth string guy into the starting eleven.

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