(SportsRadio 610) - Texans rookie left guard Kenyon Green returned to practice Wednesday after missing time with a concussion.
Green, the who the Texans selected 15th overall in the draft this year out of Texas A&M, had been sidelined the past several practice and was held out of the preseason opener last Saturday against the New Orleans Saints.
The team had been quiet about Green's injury, but head coach Lovie Smith revealed on SirusXM radio Tuesday that the rookie had suffered a concussion during training camp.
"We're not trying to keep anything away from you," Smith said when asked about it after Wednesday morning's practice. "When he initially did, I didn't talk about any of the things. Now it's a little bit closer and he's back. That's why I did it. I'm not going to keep anything from you, but when a player has an injury back then in training camp, I didn't go into detail on any of the injuries then.
"Now they're a little bit closer, I'm going into detail a little bit more. That's how we're going to handle it throughout. If I don't say anything, I'm not trying to keep anything away from you, I just didn't really even think about it."
Linemen wear special protective helmet covers and avoid hard contact at practice for this exact reason. Smith said the helmet covers are not 100 percent effective and added the hit Green suffered "wasn't a big blow or anything like that."
"The game of football, there's no way we can eliminate concussions in our game, but you stay out, and eventually you get back clear," said Smith, who in June was fined $50,000 for prohibited one-on-one drills between the offensive and defensive lines. "We've really taken our time with him. We make sure a guy is really ready to go, where there's no symptoms before we put him on the football field, and that's how we took it with him."
Green has also struggled with a lingering knee injury and his conditioning at camp has been suspect. He mostly works with the second and third teams at practice, though he is expected to eventually take the starting job at left guard.
For now, it's veterans Max Scharping and Justin McCray rotating at left guard until Green is really ready to play.
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