Owen Daniels passes first of two tests

The Houston Texans are close to having Owen Daniels on the practice field, and his return should offer a boost to the offense.

Mark Berman had a text exchange with Daniels who said: "scan and MRI say I'm 100%. Going to Alabama to see Dr. Andrews [Wednesday]."

If James Andrews gives a thumbs up, Daniels will be good to go, though the plan is to ease him back in. He’s unlikely to play in the remaining preseason games, targeting opening day against the Colts for his official return.

Daniels tore the ACL in his right knee halfway through the 2009 season.

His speed in and out of cuts is a huge part of his game. And while he’s come back from ACL injuries twice before, it will be a relief for the team to see him on the field doing his thing again.