Notes, Quotes

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September 05, 2018 at 1:08 am.

–As elusive as Texans running back D’Onta Foreman can be in the open field when he’s healthy, patience can be an elusive pursuit.

This has been a difficult time for the former University of Texans consensus All-America and Doak Walker award winner.

The Texas City native realizes, though, that it was a wise move to have him begin the season on the physically unable to perform list to give himself more time to recuperate from a torn Achilles tendon suffered last November.

“Honestly, it was a little tough, but it wasn’t that tough,” Foreman said of being informed that he wouldn’t be playing at the start of the season. “At the end of the day, we’re looking out for my best interests and the team’s best interests. I don’t want to go out there and be put out there and I’m not 100 percent and I’m not at my best.

“That would be hindering the team; that would be hindering myself. Overall, it was the best decision to make and we just have to go from there.”

Foreman got hurt in late November against the Arizona Cardinals while scoring a touchdown. With the severity of the injury, this is a normal amount of recovery time.

“Oh, no question, absolutely,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said when asked if Foreman needed at least six more weeks to recover fully.

Not that it makes it any easier on him to be watching from the sideline. Foreman has learned a lot through this process.

“I definitely have,” Foreman said. “I’ve never been through an injury like this. I’ve never had to miss this much time. It’s definitely been something I’ve been able to grow from.

“It’s definitely something that has humbled me to understand that this game is something that can come and go as quick as possible. I just try to cherish every moment and do everything I can to get back.”

–Following a long month of rehabbing his leg, Texans outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus has recovered from a lingering hamstring injury and is back for the season opener against the New England Patriots.

One of the Texans’ top pass rushers, Mercilus being back provides a big boost to the defense as they prepare to face Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady.

“It was a hamstring injury, it feels good to be back with the team and be back against the Patriots, that’s the goal,” Mercilus said. “I’m ready.”

–Texans starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson returned to practice Monday. Henderson had been sidelined for a few weeks after having a noncancerous cyst removed, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.

The cysts are common for people who have dealt with Crohn’s disease, which Henderson overcame while playing for the Buffalo Bills. Doctors removed 80 diseased centimeters of his large and small intestines in 2016. Henderson recovered from the surgery to resume his NFL career.

Henderson signed a one-year, $4 million contract in March.

“He’s been good since he arrived here,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said. “Very focused guy, really a player that’s improved since the day he walked in here: knowledge of the system, techniques that we coach, those things, and I’m glad we have him.”

–Texans starting cornerback Kevin Johnson is expected back for the season-opener against the New England Patriots.

Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said he expects Johnson to return to practice Wednesday and be cleared under the NFL concussion protocol. Johnson suffered a concussion during the preseason against the San Francisco 49ers.

“I think that after he practices on Wednesday, he would be cleared to be able to play,” O’Brien said.

–Texans third quarterback Joe Webb signed another one-year contract and rejoined his teammates at practice Monday after being released Saturday and agreeing to terms Sunday on a new deal. Webb had a strong preseason and impressed the coaching staff with his versatility and mobility. He doubles as a special teams contributor.

“That was kind of a formality – I’ll be honest with you – relative to a couple things that were going on,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said. “But he earned the right to be on our team and he made our football team.”

–The Texans made it official Monday, placing rookie cornerback Jermaine Kelly on injured reserve. Kelly was sidelined for the majority of the preseason. Kelly is a 6-1, 195-pound seventh-round draft pick from San Jose State. The Texans signed former Seattle Seahawks cornerback Mike Tyson to the practice squad.

–Texans center-guard Greg Mancz’s two-year contract extension is worth $7.913 million and includes $3.5 million guaranteed, according to NFL Players Association figures. Mancz has a $1.907 million base salary this year after receiving the low restricted free-agent tender. He was paid a $2 million roster bonus Monday. He was already paid a $6,880 workout bonus. He has a $3.913 million salary-cap figure.

–Quarterback Deshaun Watson: Everything hinges on the multidimensional second-year quarterback. Watson has made a full recovery from a torn ACL.

–Safety Justin Reid: The Texans’ top draft pick and third-round selection from Stanford, Reid is the younger brother of former 49ers Pro Bowl safety Eric Reid. Justin Reid is a hard hitter with range.