Houston Texans CB Kareem Jackson back in practice


Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) runs the ball as Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson (25) defends during the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Though Thanksgiving was a holiday, the Houston Texans were on the field working in preparation for their game Sunday when they host the New England Patriots.

In their practice, three were listed as out, but on positive was cornerback Kareem Jackson returned to practice in a limited participation. Jackson is still battling injured ribs.

Like I’ve said in past articles, losing a player like Jackson is tough to overcome for a team that already has many injuries and players out. Plus, for a team that hasn’t seen much go their way, having another player out of the starting lineup who can make a difference can’t help matters at all … especially against the Patriots.

Those who didn’t participate in Thursday’s practice were backup quarterback Matt Schaub, defensive end Antonio Smith (both non injury related issues) and safety Jawanza Starling with a hamstring injury.

Others who were limited in practice Thursday were: inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (hamstring), inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton (back), guard Wade Smith (knee), inside linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (groin) and running back Ben Tate (ribs).

Four were listed on the full participation list including safety Shiloh Keo (neck), cornerback Elbert Mack (hamstring), inside linebacker Joe Mays (knee) and tackle Derek Newton (knee).

New England on Thursday had four player who DNP, including tackle Marcus Cannon, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (knee), wide receiver Aaron Dobson (foot) and tight end Michael Hoomanawanui (knee).

Tight end Rob Gronkowski was limited in Thursday’s practice with back and forearm issues. Quarterback Tom Brady was a full participant in practice, listed with a shoulder injury. Wide receiver Danny Amendola practiced with groin issues. Running back Shane Vreen was also a full participant, listed with a wrist injury. Vreen has missed most of the season, recently returning to game action.

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