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Green Coming Back Strong

Ahman Green was the Houston Texans most prized free agent acquisition until the first game of the 2007 season.  He made strides adjusting to Gary Kubiak and Mike Sherman’s Texans offense while bonding and giving to the players and city.  But after takng a shot to the knee in Week 1 against Kansas City, his game began to dwindle until he could go no more.  All his knee needed was plenty of rest, but Houston wanted a run game that could win games.  Fans and the media abused Green with the worst of all criticisms to his age and durability, but Green was persistent to make Friday cuts before Kubiak released the active gameday rosters on Sundays.  But Green’s injury never seemed to fade and the experienced back was placed on the injured reserve late into the season.  At that point, Texans fans and media were calling for his release to avoid salary cap problems into 2008.   But Green remained persistent and HC Gary Kubiak recognized that as Green should be the starter in 2008. 

An optomistic Green told the Houston Chronicle that his rehabilitation is going well.  Green said, “I’ve been working out for almost two months and then I’m going to take a little break before we start as a team come March 31st. It’ll be a needed break. I’ve been going hard at it. Take a little couple of weeks off and get back to it.”

Green will need to be optomistic as he will have company in the backfield with Darius Walker and Chris Taylor, and especially if the Texans make a move to sign FA 5’9″ 187lbs 33-year old RB Warrick Dunn.  The Texans are planning on bringing in the durable Dunn for a visit, but they will not over pay for the veteran who’s being sought after by the Bucs, Broncos, Cowboys and Lions.  The back who excelled under Alex Gibbs for three seasons has ran for 10,181 yards and received 4,009 yards in 11 pro seasons.  And as it looks today, RB Ron Dayne will be a FA and play for another team next season leaving a void for the speedy and agile Dunn.  Most likely, Texans RB Darius Walker will remain second or third string due to his lack of experience and blocking skills.  Taylor, who excelled  late into 2006 but landed on the IR before the season began, impressed Kubiak but will have to fight for playing time with Green, and possibly Walker, in front of him.  With Alex Gibbs in for at least one season, the Texans may have an experienced backfield, if Dunn signs, that could help guide a 2008 draft pick, Chris Taylor and Darius Walker to be the youth movement for the Texans ground game.  

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