HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans Pro Bowl left tackle Laremy Tunsil had to find a way to stay shape while recovering from COVID-19, which kept him away from practice for a couple of weeks before the regular season began.
Tunsil said he would show up at random parks to get in 100-yard sprints, which brought some strange looks when other parkgoers saw this 6'5", 300+ pound man moving so quickly.
"I had to battle through some sickness and try to get well, try to find a way to stay in shape and help the team anyway I can when I had COVID," Tunsil said Wednesday. "I am glad I am over it and hopefully I don’t have to go through that again."
Tunsil said no one recognized him at these park visits. But how many people will you find at that size moving at that speed?
Leading up to the Texans' season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, head coach David Culley made it clear that Tunsil would have to work more to get back to his usual stamina.
Pro Football Focus graded Tunsil relatively low after the game, which Houston won handily 37-21, and Culley said he believed Tunsil could be better once his stamina improved.
But Tunsil said he's his own toughest critic.
"So there’s a lot of improvement for me," Tunsil said. "I want to just keep improving the run game and the pass game each and every week."
Tunsil and whoever plays right tackle, whether Marcus Cannon or Geron Christian Sr., will have his hands full with Myles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney lining up on the edges for Cleveland.
Both are dynamic pass rushers who could disrupt a game plan for this Texans offense Sunday.
"I love the battle," Tunsil said of facing Garrett and Clowney. "Let’s do it man. You got to compete and I think that’s the best thing about being in the NFL, is you see great pass rushers every week. Got to be ready to compete."