Linebacker Darryl Sharpton Says He Will Be Ready For Texans Training Camp

Houston Texans linebacker Darryl Sharpton was injured at the mid way point of the 2011 season when he tor his right quadricep. The injury cost Sharpton the second half of his season, and after months of rehabbing Sharpton says he will be ready to go once the Texans begin training camp on Saturday July 28:

...linebacker Darryl Sharpton says he's still recovering from a torn right quadriceps that forced him to miss the entire second half of last season.

"I've kind of transitioned from the training room to the weight room," said Sharpton, who made 12 tackles in eight games. "I'm definitely gotten over that hump, I'm feeling good and I'm pretty much there, ready to go."

A fourth-round draft pick in 2010, Sharpton is expected to see more playing time this season after the Texans traded DeMeco Ryans to Philadelphia. Sharpton, speaking during a break at the Texans' annual youth football camp, says he expects to be ready when Houston opens training camp on July 27.

"I've been running around, cutting, and doing pretty much everything full-speed," Sharpton said. "There's nothing like actually going out there and running into the `A' gap and blowing up a fullback. There's no kind of preparation you can do for that, so I've just got to go out there and test it."

The Texans defense was very good last year, but they did lose Mario Williams to free agency to the Buffalo Bills as well as DeMeco Ryans heading to the Eagles. So, Sharpton will need to show he is deserving of the extra playing time he will be get this season.

For more on the Texans, check out Battle Red Blog and SB Nation's NFL page.

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