Alright, some folks may also be interested in the return to the field Monday of that Cushing fellow. But let’s talk some Texans football that doesn’t include him, shall we?
Steve Slaton told John McClain of the Houston Chronicle Sunday that he’s “100% and ready to go” after offseason neck surgery.
The coaching staff will take it easy on Slaton, who will be a non-contact participant in drills until training camp. (Of course all OTAs are supposed to be non-contact. But that’s another post.)
The third-year running back has dropped 15 pounds off his playing weight from 2009, when he looked sluggish at the beginning of the year. Slaton plans to play closer to 200 pounds, where he was as a rookie.
Slaton is a huge x-factor on this team. He was fifth in the NFL with over 1,600 yards from scrimmage as a rookie. If he can prove he’s healthy again, the Texans could have a dynamic combination in the backfield with Slaton and second round pick Ben Tate.