Texans safety Jalen Pitre 'day-to-day' after hospital stay with bruised lung


(SportsRadio 610) - Texans safety Jalen Pitre is back with the team after suffering a lung injury in the season-opener Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.

Pitre suffered a bruised lung in the second quarter after blitzing Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and taking a knee to the chest. He was coughing blood and stayed overnight in a Baltimore area hospital.

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On Wednesday, Pitre was dressed for practice but did not participate. He was smiling and interacting with teammates on the practice field and in the locker room. Head coach DeMeco Ryans said the second-year safety was in good spirits and it was good to have him back with the team.

"He's fine, he's back with us and we're happy to have him back," Ryans said. "Great to see him back in the building. Seeing him with the smile on his face, I think that brightens everyone's day. So it's good to see him back in the building. He'll still be day-to-day and we'll see where he ends up."

The Texans were already without their other starting safety, veteran Jimmie Ward (hip). Neither participated in practice Wednesday, meaning Houston could again rely on backup safeties Eric Murray and M.J. Stewart in the home-opener this Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

Grayland Arnold, another reserve safety and special teams player, was limited in practice Wednesday with a hamstring injury.

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