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Texans not expecting Keke Coutee, AJ McCarron to return ‘soon’

Bill O'Brien

The Houston Texans began their set of preseason games against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday. Unfortunately, Bill O’Brien has witnessed a couple of injuries to some of his offensive players.

According to O’Brien, Houston is not expecting either Keke Coutee or A.J. McCarron to return soon. The Texans head coach said they’ll “play it by ear” with the returns of both players.

For Coutee, the speedy wideout injured his ankle after being tackled awkwardly in the second quarter of the Texans preseason opener versus the Packers. After the play, Coutee was examined by the medical staff and was helped off of the field.

Luckily, the injury doesn’t seem to be anything serious that will keep the second-year receiver out long-term. This season, Coutee is expected to become the team’s full-time slot receiver.

In 2018, Coutee was sparingly used as a rookie but ended up becoming a valuable option for Deshaun Watson. Coutee ended the season with 28 receptions for 287 yards and a touchdown.

Additionally, Coutee performed magnificently in the Texans’ Wild Card game with 11 catches for 110 yards and Houston’s lone touchdown. Unfortunately, the Texans season was cut short by the Indianapolis Colts.

Unlike Coutee, A.J. McCarron suffered his injury during the joint practices with Green Bay earlier in the week. McCarron suffered a thumb injury that will be monitored as the weeks advance.

In a corresponding move, the Texans signed undrafted rookie Jordan Ta’amu to join Watson and Joe Webb on the roster.

O’Brien is hoping to get both players back before the Texans take on the high-scoring New Orleans Saints in Week 1.