Kubiak weighing DeMeco Ryans' return

The Texans open their preseason Monday night, and one of the things people will want to see is Houston middle linebacker DeMeco Ryans, who’s coming back from surgery to repair a ruptured Achilles.

RyansRyans“I think he’s doing well,” Gary Kubiak told Houston media. “I’ve got a decision to make going into the weekend. Do I play him in this first preseason game? Obviously, he’s coming off a serious Achilles situation, but he hasn’t missed a practice. The only one he did miss was strictly on us when they were restructuring the contract. I think he has looked his best the last couple times out, so it’s very encouraging. He’s coming.”

The Texans need to get some cohesion on defense as Wade Phillips puts together his 3-4 front. Ryans is a crucial part of it, who will have tackles funneled to him regularly.

Since ESPN’s resident physical therapist Stephania Bell is sitting right next to me in the Colts press room in Anderson, Ind., I asked her what she’d do.

“Why not let him play a couple downs,” she said. “If you’re comfortable with where he is and that’s the next step, then that’s the next step.”

Ryans spoke excitedly about the new defense earlier in the day.

“We’re picking it up pretty fast, we’ve learned a lot and taking a lot in and guys are really taking ownership of the defense and making it their own and getting better each day,” he said.

“…Communication has gotten a lot better. Guys are knowing what to do and are doing the job and making plays and it’s good to watch when you do it right.”

Meanwhile Brian Cushing, who is coming off knee surgery and has not practiced yet, could debut tomorrow or Thursday, Kubiak said.