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Darryl Sharpton returns to practice for Texans

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While the Texans didn’t get running back Arian Foster back at practice on Sunday, another injured player has returned to the field.

Linebacker Darryl Sharpton, who’d been on the non-football injury list with a groin problem, joined the active roster and practiced with the team.

Via Corey Roepken of the Houston Chronicle, the fourth-year veteran “made several noteworthy plays” during the session.

“Any time you’re on the football field it’s a blessing,” Sharpton said.  “I think I’m a pretty good competitor.  I love fighting through the heat and getting on these pads, smashing and banging.  I love playing football.  I love being back out here.”

He loves it so much he keeps getting hurt while doing it.  Last year, a quad injury kept Sharpton on the PUP list until Week 11.  He appeared in the final seven games of the regular season, with five starts.  But then Sharpton landed on injured reserve for the postseason, with a hip injury.

Sharpton’s health, or lack of it, fueled the decision to sign former Broncos linebacker Joe Mays.  And Mays’ presence could be fueling Sharpton to hit a new level of performance.

“He brought some intensity to practice,” Kubiak said of Sharpton.  “He’s a banger.  If he can stay in one piece he can really help this team.  He’s a heckuva player.  We’ve got our fingers crossed we’re going in the right direction.”

For Sharpton, the right direction simply means being able to walk in the direction of the field far more often than not.

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4 Responses to “Darryl Sharpton returns to practice for Texans”
  1. prmpft says: Aug 4, 2013 3:10 PM

    better him than al sharpton – then there would be some trouble for sure.

  2. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Aug 4, 2013 3:39 PM

    He’s often been injured in his career. He filled in at MLB decently but lets be real. Even with Joe Mays everyone knows the Texans MLB depth is probably one of the weaker points of their defense. It’s getting better though.

    On another note, this defense could be the best ever fielded by the Texans. J-jo played with some injuries last year but is healthy now. Kareem Jackson is coming into his own. An Glover Quinn signing with the lions is going to really work out imo. D.J. Swearinger is looking solid and will have Ed Reed in his ear for two years.

  3. billhicks666 says: Aug 4, 2013 6:43 PM

    Hate to say it, but it’s only a matter of a short time before Sharpton is on the shelf with yet another injury.

  4. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 5, 2013 12:26 PM

    Yeah he might as well have “Fragile” tatooed on him. He’s a good talent but ALWAYS injured. The only reason he still has a roster spot is we’re so thin at ILB…

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