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TE Daniels Given the Go Ahead to Practice From Dr.Andrews

The Texans official site reports that TE Owen Daniels is going to be back after he was medically cleared to play today by the doctor that did his surgery – Dr.James Andrews.

Texans tight end Owen Daniels has been medically cleared by Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery on his injured right knee, and should return to practice by next week. Head coach Gary Kubiak expects the 2008 Pro Bowler to be ready for the Texans’ regular-season opener against Indianapolis on Sept. 12. Daniels will not play in the preseason finale against Tampa Bay next Thursday.

“Owen’s been cleared; totally healthy,” Kubiak said on Wednesday. “I was out on the practice field during special teams and he called (head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan) and we talked to Dr. Andrews, and boy, he’s fired up. It’s great for our team.” Daniels has been on the active/Physically Unable to Perform since July 30, the first day of training camp. He had been unable to practice since tearing his right ACL at Buffalo on Nov. 1, the eighth game of the 2009 season. “He’s a fine player,” Kubiak said. “He’s a good young man. He’s what we stand for as a team, and for our players to see what he’s been through and then to see how disappointing it was for him to have a setback and now he’s still going to be there opening day, (that) just tells you a lot about what he’s all about. No kid’s worked harder to get back.”

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