*The 2012 Houston Texans Training Camp has begun and fans throughout the city of Houston are very excited about the team’s chances to make a run for the Super Bowl this season. The Texans opened training camp on Saturday, July 28th in front of a lot of fans who were just overwhelmed by the players taking time to pose for photos and sign autographs after their first practice.
*Injuries took a small toll during the first few days of camp with the biggest scare coming from veteran Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson. Johnson suffered a mild groin strain that will keep him out of practice for at least a week.
His teammates stood by helplessly as well as the Houston sports media. This was a scene that they had seen too many times over the last two seasons- when a knee injury prematurely ended Johnson’s 2010 season and hamstring injuries kept him out of nine games last season.
Johnson, 31, had previously stated that when he reported to camp he was getting tired of hearing that he was getting old. He uses those statements as motivation. However, the injury occurred on just the second day of training camp. He watched the rest of practice and many of his teammates came over to him to offer words of encouragement.
Andre Johnson insists that he has a lot of good years left, but watching him get hurt on the second day of camp just showed how valuable he is to the Houston Texans team.
*The injury bug also hit a few other Texan teammates with starting cornerback Kareem Jackson missing a few practices with a hamstring injury.
*For the second time in three days, the Texans set an attendance record at their Methodist Training Center. For the morning practice this past Monday, the Texans drew 5,715 fans breaking the record of 5,012 set last Saturday.
The Texans encourage fans to bring school supplies to the open practices to benefit children in the Third Ward who are part of the Houston Texans YMCA.
*The following dates are Important Dates for the Houston Texans this season. Key dates include their preseason opener at the Carolina Panthers on Saturday, August 11th at 6:00 p.m. This will be the second time Houston has played NFL Rookie of the Year Cam Newton and veteran wide receiver Steve Smith.
The Texans home preseason opener will take place on Saturday, August 18th at 7:00 p.m. at Reliant Stadium. The last day of training camp will be on Monday, August 20th. Houston will continue their preseason swing playing at the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, August 25th, and they will conclude the preseason slate on Thursday, August 30th against Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings at Reliant Stadium at 6:00 p.m. The roster must to cut to 53 the following day on Friday, August 31st.
There are 40 days remaining to the start of the regular season opener which will be on Sunday, September 9th against the Miami Dolphins at 12 noon at Reliant Stadium.
*Former LSU Tigers wide receiver and kick returner Trindon Holiday has returned for another shot at making the Texans team as a return team.
*Of the 88 players on the Texans training camp roster, only 12 players played at various Texas universities.
*All of the Texans picks were ready for the start of training camp. Receiver DeVier Posey and guard Brandon Brooks agreed to four-year contracts. Posey, the team’s first pick in the third round from Ohio State, signed a four-year, $2.million contract that included a signing bonus of $684,092. His base salaries will be $390,000, $510,000, $630,000 and $748,000.
Brooks, the second pick in the third round from Miami, Ohio, received $2.8 million, including a signing bonus of $617,436. His base salaries are $390,000, $500,000, $590,000 and $702,564.
*Former NBA legend David Robinson of the San Antonio Spurs stopped by to visit the Texans camp on Sunday afternoon with his son.
*Left tackle Duane Brown and linebacker Connor Barwin are entering the final season of their contracts, but neither said the issue would become any kind of a distraction.
Brown has chosen to let the business part take care of itself, while Barwin, the Texans sack leader with 11 ½ sacks in 2012, insisted that he has no problem going into this season without an extension.
*The Houston Texans announced their 2012 home game themes for the upcoming NFL season. They are as included: Sat., August 18th “State of Football” presented by Verizon vs. the San Francisco 49ers; Thursday, August 30th “Texans Care” presented by Fox Sports Southwest vs. the Minnesota Vikings; Sunday, Sept. 9th “Liberty White Out” vs. the Miami Dolphins; Sunday, Sept. 30th “Hispanic Heritage Day” presented by XFINITY vs. the Tennessee Titans; Sunday, Oct. 14th “Pink Ribbon Day” presented by Kroger vs. the Green Bay Packers; Sunday, Oct. 21st “Battle Red Day” presented by Halliburton vs. the Baltimore Ravens; Sunday, Nov. 4th “Salute to Service” presented by Bud Light vs. the Buffalo Bills; Sunday, Nov. 18th “Deep Steel Sunday” vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars; Sunday, Dec. 16th “Home for the Holidays” vs. the Indianapolis Colts, and Sunday, Dec. 23rd “Fan Appreciation Day” presented by Fox Sports Southwest vs. the Minnesota Vikings.