HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Despite Texans’ third-year wide receiver Keke Coutee being inactive last week in the season-opener against the Chiefs, head coach Bill O’Brien said he expects Coutee to play this season.
Coutee is not on the injured-reserve list, which this season for the first time allows players to return after three weeks.
But when asked about Coutee on Wednesday, O’Brien attributed not playing Coutee in the opener to his training camp injury.
The Houston Chronicle’s Aaron Wilson reported Coutee suffered a minor stress fracture in his foot during training camp.
“He’s working, he’s practicing. I believe he will help us, possibly this week, this year,” O’Brien said “We feel good about Keke. It’s just more about a combination of things there, relative to why he was inactive last week.”
O’Brien spoke during training camp about Coutee’s poor luck with injuries.
When he’s played healthy, Coutee has been largely productive.
Last season was a real down year for him after a promising rookie campaign.
Coutee played in only six regular season games his rookie year, eventually returning for a playoff game against the Colts, and he shined.
Coutee caught 11 passes for 110 yards and set a new Texans franchise record for the most catches by a player in a postseason game.
Last season, Coutee suffered an ankle sprain in the preseason opener against the Green Bay Packers, forcing him to miss Week 1. It seemed like he never fully recovered, and his performance was inconsistent.
“Some guys, it takes a little bit longer. Keke’s had to deal with injuries. And then when he’s played, he’s been very productive,” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said in August. “You remember his rookie year, he had a big game against Indianapolis. He’s a guy that just has dealt with some hamstring and some ankle. I think the big thing for Keke is health.”