Texans have sights set on elusive playoffs

July 18, 2008 4:41:52 PM PDT
The Houston Texans in 2007 finished last in the AFC South and failed to get that elusive first playoff berth last season. But the Texans won two more games than they did in 2006 to reach .500 for the first time.

Now Houston is preparing to open training camp July 25.

Matt Schaub was solid in his first year as starting quarterback, but his progress was hampered by injuries. Receiver Andre Johnson missed seven games and running back Ahman Green sat out 10. The three were on the field together only for the first two games, both wins.

The offense suffered during their absences, but the team still averaged 54 yards more a game than it did in 2006.

Schaub had surgery after the season to repair an injury to his non-throwing shoulder and is expected to be healthy in time for training camp.

Johnson is expected to return for camp after sitting out Houston's offseason workouts after arthroscopic knee surgery, and Green declared himself "pain free" and ready for camp.

The Texans must wait and see if the 31-year-old will be more durable than he was in his first season in Houston when he finished with 70 carries for 260 yards.

They added insurance in case he can't stay healthy with Chris Brown, the former Tennessee back. Brown ran for 462 yards last season but also struggled with injuries.

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