Pre-season home opener Saturday night at Reliant Stadium
The Houston Texans hit the field tomorrow night in a pre-season matchup against the Miami Dolphins. And the fans will be glad to see one of their star players make his return to game action.
Linebacker Brian Cushing hasn't played since tearing up his knee against the New York Jets last season. But he'll be back on Saturday. Former Texan ND Kalu of Sports Talk 790 says fans won’t see the same old Cushing.
“I’m not expecting to see much from Cushing. I’ll be surprised to see him for more than two series. The only thing I want to see is that he doesn’t have a gimp in his run,” Kalu told KTRH.
In fact, most of the starters won't be on the field for more than a couple of series. Kalu's partner on the air, Greg Koch, says what you will see on the field won’t get you too excited. But he also says that’s by design.
“This coaching staff plays everything close to the vest. They will show you very little. They will work on base offense and base defense,” Koch said about the plan for tomorrow night.
Kalu says it's about the young guys, and there’s one rookie he wants to see step his game up.
“I thought rookie third-round pick Sam Montgomery from LSU was going to have a huge impact. He’s been injured and missed a lot of practices. We’ve been told he will play in this game,” Kalu said
Kalu said the game is important for the young players because the Texans have had some injuries.
“This is an offensive line in flux because of injuries. Wade Smith had arthroscopic knee surgery. Dan Quessenberry has been alternating with Ben Jones,” Koch said.
So if the offensive line is depleted, you won't see a lot of Matt Schaub, either. Kickoff at Reliant is set for 7 o’clock tomorrow night.