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2013 Houston Texans Training Camp: Notable Quotes From Day Twelve

Gary Kubiak and Brian Cushing spoke after today's Texans training camp practice. See what they had to say about (and who'll be playing) in Friday night's preseason opener against the Vikings.

True pain awaits the first poor soul unlucky enough to be opposite this guy in game action.
True pain awaits the first poor soul unlucky enough to be opposite this guy in game action.
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The team's official site has the full transcript of the post-practice chat between the media and Gary Kubiak/Brian Cushing. Take a quick look below for the highlights.

Gary Kubiak:

(on ILB Tim Dobbins’ status) "He’s doing fine. He wants to go. It’s kind of us saying no. We get these young guys ready to play; I’ve got to make a decision whether we’re going to play him. He’s not going to play much at all if he plays anyways. So I’ve got to make a decision tomorrow, but he’s going to be okay."

(on CB Brandon Harris’ status) "No, I don’t think Brandon will play. As a matter of fact, he probably won’t even make the trip. He’s just got a hip flexor and that’s something that can get well in a few days. I feel like if we throw him out there, we’re probably going to set him way back. I think we’ll take the smart route here and we’re going to leave a certain group of guys home and let them rehab."

(on if there are any other injuries) "No, we’re fine today. I was hoping maybe (ILB Tim) Dobbins would be back today. That didn’t happen, so we’ll see where he’s at tomorrow."

(on if RB Ben Tate will start) "My plan is, if he feels fine coming out of today, he will."

(on the young linebackers receiving a lot of reps) "Yeah, it’s going to be tough. We’re really challenged inside, especially in the games. Hopefully, we can hold up there and we’re going to get a look at all of them."

(on how OLB Sam Montgomery looked in practice and if he’ll play) "All he did was scout team stuff. He didn’t do anything that pertains to the game. It’s good to have him back. There’s no plan to play him right now. Hopefully, he’s back next week and playing against Miami."

(on if he’s ready to see K Randy Bullock get some game action) "Yeah, I am. Randy’s been a little up and down in camp, but he did finish the other day very, very strong. I know one thing, our team believes in him. He works very hard, but he’s our guy, so going to get a lot of kicking in here in the next four weeks."

Brian Cushing:

(on who he is most excited to see of the young players) "There’s a couple. There are a lot of talented guys. Obviously, I’m a defensive-minded guy so I’m excited to see (S) D.J. (Swearinger) and guys like (OLB) Willie Jefferson. A bunch of guys that have really just played well so far, guys like (CB) A.J. Bouye. It’s just going to be exciting to see them in game situations because so far we have just seen them in practice. We know they have play-making capabilities and now they get the chance to turn it loose."

(on if he knows how soon he will be back) "No, I’m pretty sure it will be soon but we have a plan and we kind of go day-by-day and don’t look too far ahead. I know it will be soon."