QB Tony Banks was limited during the first few days of the Texans' coaching sessions with a mildly sprained right ankle. Banks suffered the injury in April while playing a pickup basketball game.
-- NT Seth Payne was on the field for full-squad workouts earlier this month but did not participate. Payne continues to rehab from ACL surgery on his left knee. "My target to not only play, but play well on Sept. 12," Payne said of the season opener against San Diego.
-- DE Gary Walker is showing no signs of the toe injury that limited him to four starts last season. Walker has been cleared for full participation.
-- TE Bennie Joppru has looked sharp during early workouts after missing his entire rookie season with a groin injury. Joppru, who is considered the Texans' best receiving/blocking option at tight end, is expected to compete for playing time with Billy Miller and Mark Bruener.
Not really new on Payne, but good to hear about Walker & Joppru.