Questions already arising in Texans running back situation
Chris Brown is already being forced to the sidelines with aches and pains. The Texans signed Brown as a free agent to help spell Ahman Green. But they knew Brown came with injury issues of his own. And those issues are already starting to creep up.
He has a sore back that has forced him to miss Monday morning's practice. It's not a good sign for a player who has only played in 17 games with four starts over the past two seasons.
The good news is it's giving the younger guys like Chris Taylor, Steve Slaton and Darius Walker more repetitions. But they aren't all looking like they are taking full advantage of it. Taylor is having problems keeping hold of the ball, and Slaton has struggled with that at times, too. He got the ball popped out of his hands today by DeMeco Ryans.
It's good they are all getting that work now though. It's clearly better to drop in practice than the games. And with Taylor being out of football for a year, it's going to take him some time to get back to where he was before.
Green is still not having any knee issues — knock on wood. And the coaches are resting him so that he's only a once-a-day practice player.
Running back is one of the most integral positions on the team this season. Sore backs and dropped balls mean little now, but there is concern about how healthy and productive this unit can be when the games become important. How do you see the situation working itself out? Who will get the bulk of carries this season?
Doesn't look good too far. Gibbs better turn water into wine, or else we'll be in for another long season.