RTC: Swearinger could start Sunday

Though second-round draft picks often start early, the Houston Texans haven't felt yet like their rookie safety D.J. Swearinger, currently better known for ending Dustin Keller's season with a hit Saturday, is ready for that.

Injuries have changed that situation a bit.

Safety Shiloh Keo has been starting while Ed Reed recovers from his April hip surgery. Saturday night Keo suffered a contusion to his quadriceps and might not be available for Sunday's game against the New Orleans Saints.

It would be a good test for Swearinger, who has a high ceiling.

We start our links there.

1. Swearinger could start at safety against the Saints, Houston Chronicle, John McClain

• Notes also include Gary Kubiak's thoughts on the backup quarterback battle.

2. Posey's rapid recovery impresses Texans, Houston Chronicle, John McClain

• Tight end Owen Daniels gives his perspective on the second-year receiver's rapid recovery.

3. Texans' preseason action a big hit on TV, Houston Chronicle, David Barron

• Only one Nielsen market drew more total viewers than Houston for its two preseason football games: Chicago.

4. Look at 1st-round WRs of last 5 years, CSNHouston.com, Dave Zangaro

• With a chart!

5. Brian Hartline: Swearinger's hit 'crap,' ESPN.com, James Walker

• Are we surprised the teammate of the player who tore three ligaments and could have nerve damage because of the hit feels this way? Swearinger, who is sympathetic to Keller, said yesterday that this result won't and can't change the way he plays.