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srrono
08-11-2011, 09:03 PM
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Texans sign Devard Darling, Javarris Williams


Because of injuries at wide receiver and running back, the Texans have signed Devard Darling and Javarris Williams.

The Texans begin preseason Monday night at Reliant Stadium against the New York Jets. Andre Johnson (finger) and Jacoby Jones (ankle) might not play.

Three running backs — Arian Foster, Ben Tate and Steve Slaton - have hamstring injuries.

Darling, 29, ran a 4.4 40-yard dash for the Texans after the Thursday morning practice. He passed a physical. Darling (6-1, 213) hasn't played in the NFL since the 2009 preseason when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate knee ligament. In 2010, he played for Omaha of the United Football League.

Darling grew up in Houston and starred with his twin brother, Devaughn, at Stephen F. Austin High School. The Darlings went to Florida State. Devaughn died in 2001 while the brothers were working out at Florida State.

Devard transferred to Washington State and was drafted in the third round by Baltimore in 2004. He played four seasons with the Ravens and one with the Chiefs before suffering the injury.

Williams grew up in Richmond and played at Foster High School. He went to Tennessee State. He was with Kansas City in 2009 and was on Seattle's practice squad in 2010.

badboy
08-11-2011, 09:07 PM
bottom feeders looks like.

srrono
08-11-2011, 09:08 PM
I understand the RB signing.
i dont get the WR signing I thought we had a strong set of rookie WRs.

EllisUnit
08-11-2011, 09:09 PM
both ex chief rejects :bravo:

badboy
08-11-2011, 09:10 PM
I understand the RB signing.
i dont get the WR signing I thought we had a strong set of rookie WRs.AJ & JJ may not play. Adding one WR is not surprising. Probably do not want Walter over worked at this stage.

EllisUnit
08-11-2011, 09:13 PM
AJ & JJ may not play. Adding one WR is not surprising. Probably do not want Walter over worked at this stage.

you mean in pre season ?

srrono
08-11-2011, 09:13 PM
AJ & JJ may not play. Adding one WR is not surprising. Probably do not want Walter over worked at this stage.

well how much of the playbook could this wr learn in 3 days to even take snaps away from any wr

BigBull17
08-11-2011, 09:29 PM
well how much of the playbook could this wr learn in 3 days to even take snaps away from any wr

Special teams since the wr's will have more offensive duties

Playoffs
08-11-2011, 09:56 PM
...Darling grew up in Houston and starred with his twin brother, Devaughn, at Stephen F. Austin High School. The Darlings went to Florida State. Devaughn died in 2001 while the brothers were working out at Florida State...

Ouch. :(

valleytexfan
08-11-2011, 10:04 PM
I think the term "camp fodder" applies here. Texans don't want to go into Monday night with just 2 RBs. And they'll keep Andre out and get the WR a look in the 4th.

prostock101
08-11-2011, 10:31 PM
I was wonderin' about both these positions. I've read a few places that Foster and Ward are a lock. So if they keep 3 RB's doesn't that mean Slaton is gone if Tate stays healthy. Would there be any scenario where they keep Slaton and cut Tate, a second round pick with zero miles?

And after watching all the touchbacks tonight, who keeps a "return specialist" like Holiday? By the way, I think the new kickoff rule is pretty stupid.....

vupac1
08-11-2011, 10:57 PM
Would there be any scenario where they keep Slaton and cut Tate, a second round pick with zero miles?



Absolutely not.

CloakNNNdagger
08-11-2011, 11:24 PM
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Texans sign Devard Darling, Javarris Williams


Because of injuries at wide receiver and running back, the Texans have signed Devard Darling and Javarris Williams.

The Texans begin preseason Monday night at Reliant Stadium against the New York Jets. Andre Johnson (finger) and Jacoby Jones (ankle) might not play.



Even though this report reports "ankle," Nick Scurfield has reported JJ's injury as a "bone bruise." Previous reports relayed a "foot" problem. When you think of a bone bruise of the foot, it is usually of the heel, which could be anything from a direct bruise of the "heel bone," a case of plantar fasciitis, or a stretched or mildly torn Achilles tendon. It can also reflect a stress fracture. Even though an x-ray has been said to show no fracture, such fractures may not show on x-ray for 10 days, and therefore, confirmatory x-rays should be repeated then to entirely rule out this possibility.

Bone bruises are not really bruises of the bone, but actually inflammation of the layer covering the bone (periosteum). Bone bruises of any sort can be exquisitely tender/painful and can last for prolonged periods of time. They certainly in many cases can affect performance.

We'll just have to see what's really going on with JJ. Time will tell.

Rey
08-12-2011, 12:02 AM
I remember hearing about the terrible in incident with the brothers.

And I also remember that darling was a burner before his injury.

Malloy
08-12-2011, 01:44 AM
And after watching all the touchbacks tonight, who keeps a "return specialist" like Holiday? By the way, I think the new kickoff rule is pretty stupid.....

I've completely missed this one, can anyone explain the new rule?

centexfan
08-12-2011, 02:11 AM
I've completely missed this one, can anyone explain the new rule?

Kickoffs have been moved to the 35. Player safety cited, but I can't find anybody that likes the new rule. Lotta touchbacks to come this year.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-03-22/nfl-to-move-kickoffs-up-to-35-yard-line

srrono
08-12-2011, 02:39 AM
Soul Survivor
Devard Darling story of his deceased identical twin.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1027667/index.htm

Malloy
08-12-2011, 06:56 AM
Kickoffs have been moved to the 35. Player safety cited, but I can't find anybody that likes the new rule. Lotta touchbacks to come this year.

http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2011-03-22/nfl-to-move-kickoffs-up-to-35-yard-line

Thanks mate.

So many touchbacks eliminates the special teams... kinda bad news for fringe players :(

prostock101
08-12-2011, 07:07 AM
If moving the kickoff was for player safety, I'm curious if there were a disproportinate number of injuries during kickoffs? I just don't recall seeing more injuries there than any other play on the field.

srrono
08-12-2011, 07:12 AM
If moving the kickoff was for player safety, I'm curious if there were a disproportinate number of injuries during kickoffs? I just don't recall seeing more injuries there than any other play on the field.

i hate this new kick off rule and i think the td review rule needs tweaking shouldnt be a auto review it should be a coach review without cost of reg challenge

drs23
08-12-2011, 09:56 AM
Soul Survivor
Devard Darling story of his deceased identical twin.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1027667/index.htm

Thanks srrono, that was quite the read. Enjoyed it.

badboy
08-12-2011, 10:23 AM
well how much of the playbook could this wr learn in 3 days to even take snaps away from any wrSometimes we make this too complicated. I think new WR will be running basic routes and being decoy. He does have some experience so terminology will be the key.

I think AJ & JJ will be out this game only to answer another poster.

badboy
08-12-2011, 10:42 AM
Even though this report reports "ankle," Nick Scurfield has reported JJ's injury as a "bone bruise." Previous reports relayed a "foot" problem. When you think of a bone bruise of the foot, it is usually of the heel, which could be anything from a direct bruise of the "heel bone," a case of plantar fasciitis, or a stretched or mildly torn Achilles tendon. It can also reflect a stress fracture. Even though an x-ray has been said to show no fracture, such fractures may not show on x-ray for 10 days, and therefore, confirmatory x-rays should be repeated then to entirely rule out this possibility.

Bone bruises are not really bruises of the bone, but actually inflammation of the layer covering the bone (periosteum). Bone bruises of any sort can be exquisitely tender/painful and can last for prolonged periods of time. They certainly in many cases can affect performance.

We'll just have to see what's really going on with JJ. Time will tell.I had one in Marine boot camp and it was very painful. What most don't think about is by trying to walk and avoid pain to injured area, I stressed the other foot. Rest is about the only thing I was told to do and in boot camp? Yeah, right.

El Tejano
08-12-2011, 10:44 AM
I hear the RB looked pretty good in practice today.

CloakNNNdagger
08-12-2011, 11:47 AM
I had one in Marine boot camp and it was very painful. What most don't think about is by trying to walk and avoid pain to injured area, I stressed the other foot. Rest is about the only thing I was told to do and in boot camp? Yeah, right.

That is an excellent point. Compensation for injured/painful lower limbs will commonly cause problems with the opposite limb.......sometimes even greater problems than for the original injury.

nero THE zero
08-12-2011, 12:38 PM
i hate this new kick off rule and i think the td review rule needs tweaking shouldnt be a auto review it should be a coach review without cost of reg challenge

I don't know that it is number of injuries so much as it is severity of them. Us Texans fans know that first hand (Harry Williams, Cedric Killings).

srrono
08-12-2011, 01:38 PM
I don't know that it is number of injuries so much as it is severity of them. Us Texans fans know that first hand (Harry Williams, Cedric Killings).

The game seems watered down without kickoffs cause face it with this rule seems like the KOs have been cut out 90% of the time I heard a couple teams were kicking off short in order to practice coverage cant evailuate special teams coverage without returns. If this stays ib the Texans will be one of the teams that greatly benifits because defense will have better field position and last year the Texans had the most 80 yard scoring drives of any team in the league.

The Pencil Neck
08-12-2011, 11:47 PM
There are two basic changes.

1) They're kicking off from the 35 which means almost every kicker can get a touchback and anyone returning will usually have to start from deep in the endzone.

2) The line has to start from 5 lines behind the ball instead of 10. So that slows down the coverage team.

Most returners are going to be taking knees because it's going to be damned hard to even make it back out to the twenty. The kick teams might start going to a strategy of high kicks with long hangtimes to try to pin teams back. So it changes from kickers putting it out the back of hte endzone to kickers putting it right about the 5 with a high, high kick so that the coverage team has the guy surrounded when he catches the ball.

It's going to be interesting to see the strategy.

The Pencil Neck
08-12-2011, 11:48 PM
If moving the kickoff was for player safety, I'm curious if there were a disproportinate number of injuries during kickoffs? I just don't recall seeing more injuries there than any other play on the field.

Like someone else said, it's about the severity. It's why the wedge was outlawed last year. Guys running downfield full blast and sacrificing their bodies to take blockers down and the number of full blast helmet to helmet contacts caused an inordinate number of spinal injuries on kickoffs.

Rey
08-12-2011, 11:52 PM
Like someone else said, it's about the severity. It's why the wedge was outlawed last year. Guys running downfield full blast and sacrificing their bodies to take blockers down and the number of full blast helmet to helmet contacts caused an inordinate number of spinal injuries on kickoffs.

That and I heard them say during the chiefs broadcast that the injuries were proportionally skewed towards more injuries on kick-off.