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Brown is expected to be ready to go against the Chiefs this Sunday, but I'll continue to monitor his status and update as circumstances dictate. ...
Also of interest. ...
In an article published Wednesday, Houston Chronicle staffer Joseph Duarte noted that Jonathan Wells has more questions about his role with the Texans than rushing attempts.
"Don't know," Wells said Tuesday when asked where he fits in with the Texans' plans. "I don't know how the rotation is going to go."
In less than a year, Wells has gone from the top of the depth chart at running back to near the bottom in an overcrowded field.
Part of that has to do with the arrival of free agent Stacey Mack. The rest is largely the result of a turf toe injury that sidelined Wells most of training camp and the first week of the regular season.
A year ago, Wells led the Texans in rushing yardage as a rookie. He entered camp vying for playing time in the backfield after the Texans signed Mack during the offseason, selected Domanick Davis in the draft and took Tony Hollings in the supplemental draft. A fifth back, James Allen was in the mix before retiring in August.
"It's different," Wells said. "I would definitely like to get the ball. That's what I came here to do. ... To play running back. It's a team sport, and right now I've been forced to be a special teams guy. And that's what I'm going to do until I get another opportunity to tote the football. I definitely look forward to getting back in there."
Wells was active for the first time this season in Sunday's loss at New Orleans. He played exclusively on special teams and never entered the game in the backfield.
Through the first two games, Mack has seen the bulk of the workload with 40 rushing attempts -- or 69 percent of the Texans' carries. Davis, used primarily as a third-down back, is the only other player with at least 10 carries.
Wells and Hollings, who wound up with a team-high 41 carries during the preseason, have yet to touch the football out of the backfield.
Just because the Texans have strength in numbers doesn't mean everybody will get in the action, head coach Dom Capers said.
"As we get ready to play these games, we're not just going to rotate running backs in there to rotate them," Capers said. "We're going to put whoever out there we feel gives us a chance at competing."
Why the sudden plunge for Wells?
Blame the big toe on his left foot.
Wells played with the injury throughout last season when he led the Texans with 529 yards and started the final 11 games.
Wells took a few months off during the offseason to give his foot a chance to heal. But upon arriving at camp in late July, Wells said it continued to "hurt from day one."
Looking back, Wells admits the turf toe injury hurt his chances for what Capers called one of the most "hotly contested battles" in camp.
"It hurt a lot (not being able to practice)," Wells said. "I felt like I was having my best camp the first two weeks. (The coaching staff) thought I had really progressed from last year to this year. The injury was unfortunate, but it's a part of football.
"I'm just trying to get my foot as healthy as I can. Right now I'm playing special teams, trying to do whatever I can to get on the field and make some plays and help us win. I'm definitely looking forward to getting back out there as a running back. I'm just going to keep working hard and be patient in practice until I get my shot."
That he remains with the team despite not practicing for most of camp, Wells said, is an indication he believes he has a future in Houston.
"It's obvious I'm part of their plans," he said. "I hadn't played in three weeks and I'm still here. Somebody is looking out for me and thinks I can be a good player in this league, and I definitely feel like I will be. If I get the ball, I think I can make plays. Until then, I'll continue to be a team player."
Here's hoping Wells is a patient man because I don't see any signs of change imminent in the team's current backfield rotation -- meaning more touches for Mack and Davis and more special teams work for Wells.
One last note here. ...
Despite his lack of regular season activity, the Sports XChange reports that team officials are still very impressed with Hollings' recovery from ACL surgery -- a procedure performed last October.