Shiloh Keo ready to start

HOUSTON -- Safety Ed Reed continued the process toward returning for the Texans.

But he will not start Monday, giving way to Shiloh Keo, who Texans coaches have talked up all preseason and through camp.

"He's just a much improved player through opportunities and repetition," coach Gary Kubiak said. "He's just has much more confidence in what we're doing and had a real good preseason. Just seeing the natural progression of a young player that all of a sudden gets pushed into a starter role and he responds to it. So he's done that."

Keo's had plenty of opportunity this summer with last year's starter Glover Quin gone and Reed recovering from his April hip surgery. It's hard to tell just how far a player's come in the preseason, though. Monday will be a real test of Keo's progress.

Some other notes from Kubiak today:

  • Kubiak was impressed with Wade Smith's recover from knee surgery. Smith promised Kubiak he would be able to handle everything, and Kubiak says he will.

  • Arian Foster and Ben Tate will rotate carries on Monday night. "First off, I think Arian's condition is excellent. His practice this week has been just excellent. He's a worker. That's why he's play well. I've been impressed with how he's held up, but obviously it's early in the season. I don't know how warm it's going to be up there, but I think we're smart in playing them both. Obviously, we'll see how Arian holds up from that standpoint."

  • Kubiak said he asked the team if they wanted to hold practice later to prepare for a 9:20 p.m. CT start, but they decided to keep their regular schedule.

  • Inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton won't travel to San Diego. He's recovering from a concussion. Unfortunate for a guy who is a really good player when healthy, but has had several battles with injuries.