HOUSTON – Houston Texans left tackle Duane Brown was taken off the field on a golf cart before practice ended on Wednesday morning.
He wasn't hurt and he didn't need any medical attention, but he was tired after a play that impressed head coach Bill O'Brien.
"I think he chased K-Jack (Kareem Jackson) about 95 yards, 100 yards, and 322 pounds, you know, that was a hell of an effort by Duane Brown," O'Brien said.
The play O'Brien is referring too happened during 11-on-11 drills when Kareem Jackson picked off Ryan Fitzpatrick on a 4th and goal. Jackson ran the ball back for a touchdown, but Brown chased him the entire way trying to track him down from behind.
It may be one play in a long, hot practice but it definitely didn't go unnoticed.
"He means a lot to this football team, great teammate, really good person, tough guy, fun guy to coach, really puts the team first, he left it out on the field on that one," O'Brien said after practice on Wednesday. "We just told him to take it in and maybe get in the air conditioning a little sooner than the rest of them."
Seeing a hustle play from one of the team leaders like Brown definitely goes a long way for a team that is trying to change its attitude both on and off the field.
"You know, you had the other day you had Andre Johnson laying out for a post pattern down the middle of the field. You had J.J. Watt chasing a screen 65 yards down the field. You've got Duane Brown chasing the interception; he chased another one yesterday with D.J. Swearinger," O'Brien said. "I think anytime that you have some really proven veterans like that on your football team, you know, Shane Lechler, 37 years old, came in here and passed a conditioning test. All those types of things are important for young players and really important for our team."