Texans ILB Tim Dobbins skipped OTAs to oversee the construction of his house.
Coach Gary Kubiak was not pleased with his reserve linebacker. "I had an obligation to my family," Dobbins said Tuesday. "I've been having this house a year already, demoed it all myself. I've been trying to work on it myself and just trying to learn another skill." Due just $840,000, Dobbins' desire to "learn a new skill" shouldn't cost him his roster spot after he started six games in 2012.
Ed Reed (hip surgery) doesn't expect to have a good sense of where he's at in his rehab before training camp.
"It's going well right now," Reed said. "There's really no timeline. We're just gonna keep on grinding and keep on working and shoot for September." Reed again termed the surgery as "minor," and speculated he may have suffered the injury on Tom Brady's infamous kick in the AFC Championship Game. Reed will almost certainly begin camp on the active/PUP list, and will see few, if any, snaps in the preseason.
Texans DE Tim Jamison (Achilles') is "really, basically, almost cleared."
Jamison, 27, tore his Achilles' in Week 6 last season. The top reserve behind LE J.J. Watt and RE Antonio Smith, Jamison had three tackles and a sack in his six games of action. He "could be" ready for the start of training camp.
Coach Gary Kubiak says both RTs Derek Newton (knee) and Brennan Williams (knee) will be ready for training camp.
Both players missed all of OTAs. Newton underwent offseason patella tendon surgery, and Williams "tweaked" his knee during rookie minicamp. Veteran Ryan Harris has been getting the first-team right tackle reps in their absence, but one of Newton or Williams is expected to open the season as the starter.
Ed Reed (hip surgery) admits he might not be ready for Week 1.
Reed's injury hoodwinks keep getting worse for the Texans. "I plan on being back for Week 1," Reed said Wednesday. "But as you've known me for the longest time, I'm going to be smart about my injuries and make sure I'm there for the later part of the season when the team really needs me." Reed has gone from being ready for the start of camp, to potentially returning "midway through it" to not a guarantee for Week 1. Reed could still easily end up being ready for Week 1, but it's safe to say he would have never gotten his three-year, $15 million deal had the Texans known the true extent of his injury.
Texans LT Duane Brown underwent surgery Wednesday to shave down a bone spur in his ankle.
According to coach Gary Kubiak, the worst-case scenario is that Brown will be back in a month. That puts him on track to be a full participant when training camp opens in late July. Brown has missed just five games in his five-year career, earning first-team All-Pro honors in 2012 while grading out as Pro Football Focus' No. 2 overall tackle.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak fully expects WR DeVier Posey (Achilles') to play in 2013.
"How early is the question," Kubiak said. "We're making a decision on him at the end of camp because of the PUP and those type of things." Posey expects to participate in individual drills in next week's minicamp. Achilles' injuries are rapidly becoming less daunting to return from, but it would be stunning if Posey avoided the PUP list to begin the season.