Texans TE Garrett Graham to play Sunday vs. Raiders


Aug 19, 2014; Englewood, CO, USA; Houston Texans tight end Garrett Graham (88) catches a pass during a scrimmage against the Denver Broncos at the Broncos Headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Finally, some good news on the injury front for the Houston Texans. On Thursday, head coach Bill O’Brien said tight end Garrett Graham will be active and will play Sunday vs. the Oakland Raiders.

Graham missed the season opener against the Washington Redskins. The usual starting tight end for the Texans was limited in practice Thursday.

O’Brien said to the Houston media of Graham:

"“He’s a good player. (Garrett is) a good leader, solid player, smart guy, good teammate, catches the ball well, getting better at blocking so it’s good to have him out there.”"

O’Brien also spoke about the other two Texans tight ends in C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin, as Fiedorowicz might miss the second game of the season with an injury. He didn’t practice Thursday.

As for Griffin, O’Brien has confidence in the TE:

"“I have a lot of confidence in him. I’ve put Griff in that category of an improving player, a player that since we arrived here has improved in all areas. He’s improved his blocking. He’s improved his route-running, his catching ability, his knowledge of our offense. He just needs to keep getting better.”"

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Last week in the 17-6 win over the Washington Redskins, it was only Griffin who had a reception of those who played TE. Griffin finished with one catch for six yards.

It is no secret the Texans need Graham back on the field, because right now he is the best TE on the roster. He’ll make the Texans a more fluid offense this week when he returns, and he can only improve this unit and hopefully help them get more scoring production in the second week of football.