On October 30th, 2011, Houston Texans inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton tore his right quadriceps against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Reliant Stadium. Nearly 55 weeks later, Sharpton will take the field once again to face the Jaguars, as the Texans have activated Sharpton from the reserve/Physically Unable to Perform list. To make room for Sharpton, Houston once again waived safety Troy Nolan, per Nick Scurfield.
Sharpton was scheduled to return for the preseason and compete against Bradie James and Tim Dobbins for a starting position, but he had a set back with his hip early in training camp. Placed on the PUP list, the Texans could not activate him until after week six. Since then, it was a matter of getting close until he finally was able to practice two weeks ago.
The timing is great for Houston. Already down Brian Cushing, Dobbins is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Jacksonville. The only two healthy linebackers are James and recently signed Barrett Ruud. Given that case, expect to see Sharpton a lot on special teams and used as a rotational linebacker on Sunday.
Whatever position he plays, Sharpton is ready to ball out.
Sharpton: "I’m going to play my heart out tomorrow for my teammates, this organization & the city of Houston." #Texans— Nick Scurfield (@NickScurfield) November 17, 2012