Texans secondary gets a boost this week

HOUSTON Robinson says his knee felt better as yesterday's practice went on and felt normal by the end.

Coach Gary Kubiak was impressed by his work and said he'll play Sunday against Detroit -- as long as he doesn't experience any setbacks this week. Robinson says if he feels good this morning, he'll try to increase the intensity in practice.

Robinson's work was limited in yesterday's practice and if he plays on Sunday he'll probably be held to 20 plays or less. Kubiak said he has to guard against letting Robinson do too much, which is a danger because of how important he is to the Texans.

Robinson has been out since he was injured in a game against the Raiders November 4th. Before that injury he had started each game in his four-year career.

KEEPING UP WITH JONES: Houston's Jacoby Jones has been named AFC special teams player of the week.

Jones gained the honor after scoring on a 70-yard punt return Sunday in a 29-28 win over the Miami Dolphins. It was the first career touchdown for the second-year player and the second punt return for a score in Houston's seven-year history.

The return was the second-longest in Jones' career after he returned one 74 yards against the Colts last season.

He separated his shoulder on that return and hadn't quite been himself since the injury. Kubiak thinks the award will help the former Lane College standout get back to the player he once was.

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW?: Quarterback Matt Schaub had some problems with the headset inside his helmet during Sunday's game.

He was unable to hear coach Gary Kubiak at one point early in the game and was forced to call a time-out. Kubiak said it isn't rare for things like that to happen and that he often tells Schaub to nod his head or give some kind of physical response to acknowledge receiving his instructions.

They know that the system could fail at any time and he has a few plays he can use in an emergency in every game.

NOTES Tight end Mark Bruener returned to practice yesterday after sitting out for more than three weeks with a hamstring injury. ... Safety Dominique Barber and running back Chris Taylor both missed practice with injuries.

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