HOUSTON -- A daily review of the hot topics coming out of Houston Texans training camp.
Nose tackle Louis Nix III returned to practice today after being taken off the physically unable to perform list. Nix had arthroscopic knee surgery before training camp began. He had knee problems in college. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Nix is being eased back into practice and might be able to do some things against the Atlanta Falcons in practices Wednesday and Thursday.
Training camp had been scuffle free until Tuesday's practice when defensive lineman Julius Warmsley and offensive lineman James Ferentz got into one. Of course camp fights become more prevalent when two teams get together for camp practices. "We don’t have any time for fighting," O'Brien said. "We have time to compete and get better. There’s no time for fighting."
Running back Ronnie Brown got some reps during his first practice with the Texans. He scored a touchdown during a goal-line drill this morning. "It feels good being back on the field getting work," Brown said. "Obviously, a lot different than working out at home and trying to get in football shape and this Houston humidity. But it felt good to get back out and get moving."
The most noticeable thing on the practice field today was the club-shaped cast on rookie fullback Jay Prosch's left hand. Prosch returned to practice after missing several days. Perhaps the most unintentionally hilarious part of O'Brien's post-practice transcript came from a question about whether or not Prosch had surgery. "I don't remember," O'Brien said. Now, that's a way to dodge an injury question that he hasn't used before.
The Atlanta Falcons come to town tomorrow. The morning's practice, which begins at 8 a.m. local time, will be open to the public.