HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills did not practice but was present Friday when the team put on pads for the first time.
Last week, Stills was placed on the non-football illness list, not COVID-19 related.
Texans head coach and general manager Bill O’Brien was asked Friday about Stills’ availability, given the illness and the receiver’s commitment to activism particularly during the offseason.
Stills and O’Brien never discussed opting out of the season, the coach said.
“Kenny wants to play football this year. Like a lot of young guys, especially a lot of young African American men in this country right now, they’re passionate about what’s going on. Kenny is definitely in that category. He’s very passionate, he’s very smart. He believes in the fight for racial justice. He just needed some time. He’s come back here and he’s in great shape.”
Stills is working with the Texans’ strength coaches and was seen observing practice Friday.
O’Brien said he doesn’t think it will be too much longer before Stills practices.
Having not seen Stills in a while, they’re still trying to gauge where he is physically, as with all players.
The Texans traded for Stills just before the start of last season in the deal that brought star left tackle Laremy Tunsil over from the Miami Dolphins.
Stills figures to add depth to a wide receiver group led by Will Fuller, and newcomers Brandin Cooks and Randall Cobb.