Bill O’Brien said on Monday he hoped receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster would be able to return to practice this week and play against Atlanta.
Johnson and Foster, both of whom are nursing hamstring injuries, didn’t practice again today. That doesn’t mean they won’t be able to return against the Falcons on Wednesday or Thursday. The Texans won’t be having full-contact practices against Atlanta.
“If they were ready to go, we’d put them out there,” O’Brien said. “It wouldn’t be for 100 reps. They’d basically ease them back into practice, but that’s a day-to-day thing. If they said and the trainers said that they felt like they were ready to go, then we’d ease them back into the practices against Atlanta.”
Foster spent part of practice helping the two new backs, veterans Ronnie Brown and William Powell, learn the Texans’ system, just as he has a young back like rookie Alfred Blue.