Back in action: Jerome Mathis joined the Texans on the field Monday for the first time during the teams fifth day of OTA workouts. The Pro Bowl kickoff returner, who was injured in a motorcycle accident weeks ago, still is recovering from bruises and scrapes, particularly on his arms. He participated during special teams drills and also was active with the wide receivers, but it will be a few weeks before he reaches full speed again. Im back out here practicing, ready to get back into it, Mathis said. Im a little rusty, but that happens. Head coach Gary Kubiak was pleased to see Mathis on the field, but recognized its only the first step in a lengthy rehab process. In the meantime, he expects Mathis to log some mental reps so that he doesnt lose any more ground, particularly on offense. Hes a little hobbled, Kubiak said. But he has some catching up to do from a receivers standpoint. As I told you all along, its important that he help this team as a wide receiver. I know he can return kicks, but he has to catch up as a wide receiver and help our football team in that capacity. Last year, Mathis averaged 28.6 yards per kickoff and 13.0 yards per reception on five catches with one touchdown. Hell compete with newly acquired free agent Kevin Walter for the third wide receiver spot on the roster. Kubiak expects Mathis to continue his role in the kicking game, but hopes that the former Hampton University star can contribute significantly on offense as well. When you have a great returner like himself, and he can help you in another spot on game day, that adds value to your team, Kubiak said. And you have to have players on your team that can do that and play dual roles. Thats what gives you flexibility on game day. Ive told him that from the beginning. This is from yesterday and is on the Texan's Web Site. Sounds like Kubiak is trying to tell him something and the guy simply is not listening. This has been mentioned by a number of members. Perhaps he needs to reduce the swelling in his head so he has a helmet to fit it into, because the Texan's are short of helmets for that head size.