Darryl Sharpton to return to practice

When the Texans return to practice Wednesday, they’ll be joined by inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton for the first time since he blew out his quad tendon and knee last season and suffered a setback with a hip injury in training camp.

The Texans can wait up to three weeks before deciding to activate Sharpton or place him on injured reserve.

“You would love to think he comes out there and practices Wednesday and Thursday and say, ‘Boy, I think he can help us,’ ” coach Gary Kubiak said. “There is no pressure on him.

“Obviously, he wants to get back on the field as quick as he can, but we’ll make sure he’s shown us he’s ready to go.”

Before he was injured last season, Sharpton was rotating with DeMeco Ryans at the inside spot next to Brian Cushing.

“He’s an excellent special-teams player,” Kubiak said. “He’s a very physical player, loves to hit, and can help us. We see a guy that can be factor for our team.”

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