HOUSTON The Houston Texans announced on Tuesday that injured inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton will make his return to the practice field this week, after missing the early part of the season.

Sharpton injured his hip during Training Camp and has been rehabbing ever since. He will remain on the reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List until any further decisions are made.

He looks really good. He s basically been put through some really hard workouts the last four days and he s responded to them, said head coach Gary Kubiak. All systems should be go for Wednesday to go back on the practice field.

Upon his return to practice, the team will have three weeks to decide whether to put Sharpton on the active roster, waive him, or put him on injured reserve.

You would love to think he comes out there and practices Wednesday and Thursday and say, Boy, I think he can help us, said Kubiak. The good news is we control that. There is no pressure on him.

Sharpton missed the last part of the last season after injuring his knee against the Jacksonville Jaguars during a home game on October 30th, 2011.

Obviously, he wants to get back on the field as quick as he can., said Kubiak. He s chomping at the bit, but we ll make sure he s ready to go, make sure he puts his pads on, makes sure he s been through some things that he s shown us he s ready to go.

Adding Sharpton would be a big boost for the Texans line backing unit which has already lost Brian Cushing for the season. Sharpton has 46 total tackles since being drafted by the team back in 2010.

When he s played for us, he s played very well. He s an excellent special teams player. He s a very physical player, loves to hit, said Kubiak. We see a guy that can be factor, not just be active, but could become a factor for our team. So hopefully that ll happen. We ll see.

The Texans (7-1) travel to Chicago to face the Bears (7-1) on Sunday night.

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