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Texans Thursday Practice Report

From the official site, a few nuggets of information as the Texans continue their preparations for Sunday's contest against the Raiders at Reliant:

-Andre Johnson's "procedure" is now being called a "surgery." Maybe it's just a matter of semantics, but the latter sounds more serious than the former, doesn't it?

-Regardless of how you want to label what 'Dre had done on Tuesday, he started rehabbing yesterday afternoon and watched practice today.

Gary Kubiak on 'Dre...after the jump.

"He’s doing good," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. "It’s my understanding he’s a little sore coming out of the surgery but very upbeat. (He) knows exactly what he’s dealing with, and like I said, we just keep our fingers crossed that we get there pretty quickly. Knowing him, we will."

There is still no timetable on Johnson’s return, but Kubiak remains optimistic about his recovery.

"The way it was described to me is after about a week of getting gin the rehab process, we’ll have a better idea of what we’re looking at," Kubiak said. "The fact that everybody’s so positive, the doctors, trainers, everybody, makes me feel pretty good about it."

-Chris Ogbonnaya is likely to be the primary backup to Arian Foster on Sunday. Ben Tate and Derrick Ward missed practice again today.

-Kareem Jackson returned to practice today, but Kubes is not positive he'll be playing (or starting, over Jason Allen) come Sunday:

"First off, Kareem’s got to prove to us tomorrow that he’s back to 100 percent or awful close to it before we put him back out there," Kubiak said. "We’ll see what happens tomorrow, but like I said, I’ll make that decision going into the game. Hopefully, they’re both available. I look at them as both starters, so we’ll see. We’ll see what happens."

"I look at them as both starters?" Somewhere, Brandon Harris chokes back a sob.

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