Texans coach Gary Kubiak is back at practice with the Texans and he confirmed Wednesday that the plan is for him to be back on the sideline for Sunday’s game against the Raiders.
After asking the media if they missed him, Kubiak said that he felt good and expected to be coaching the team this weekend. Kubiak said didn’t remember much about the mini-stroke he suffered during a game on November 3 beyond having a headache and then being in the hospital, but that all has gone well with his recovery.
Kubiak took care of some team housekeeping as well, including fielding questions about safety Ed Reed’s departure. Kubiak stressed the team’s preference to play other defensive backs, though he was asked if Reed’s criticism of the coaches played a role in his departure.
“No, that’s just part of it,” Kubiak said, in comments distributed by the team. “When you’re sitting here in the position we’re in right now, obviously, there’s a lot of disappointment. Everything little thing gets magnified, but the bottom line is it gets down to playing football.”
Kubiak also said running back Arian Foster will have back surgery on Thursday and addressed the quarterback spot.
There was no commitment to Case Keenum beyond saying that he’ll remain the starter as long as he plays well and that Matt Schaub could still return to the lineup at some point. With his health scare behind him, Kubiak now has to face trying to hold onto his job with a 2-7 team and Keenum’s looked like the better quarterback even if he’s yet to win a game.