Coutee hope­ful about re­turn

Houston Chronicle - - PRO FOOTBALL -

Tex­ans rookie wide re­ceiver Keke Coutee ex­pressed op­ti­mism about the chance that he’ll re­turn be­cause his ham­string in­jury has been im­prov­ing.

Tex­ans coach Bill

O’Brien con­curs with that pos­i­tive as­sess­ment, but he in­di­cated Coutee will still likely be a game-time de­ci­sion Sun­day against the In­di­anapo­lis Colts.

The fourth-round draft pick from Texas Tech has been lim­ited in prac­tice this week and is ques­tion­able on the in­jury re­port.

“I think he’s trend­ing up­ward,” O’Brien said Fri­day.

Coutee has dealt with three ham­string in­juries this sea­son. He ag­gra­vated the in­jury against the Ten­nessee Ti­tans and was held out of the game against the Cleve­land Browns.

Op­er­at­ing as the Tex­ans’ slot re­ceiver, Coutee has caught 28 passes for 287 yards and one touch­down. How­ever, he’s played in just six games with two starts.

“It’s very frus­trat­ing be­cause this is my third one,” Coutee said. “I’ve never been through any­thing like this. Just try­ing to get over the hump. It’s a dif­fi­cult in­jury to come back from.

“They’re all dif­fer­ent, but it’s prob­a­bly one of the worst things to have hap­pen to have a soft-tis­sue in­jury. You feel good one day and then stuff hap­pens.”

Coutee is more up­beat about his sta­tus this week, though.

“I’m feel­ing bet­ter,” he said. “I’m feel­ing real good right now. We’ve got down to what the prob­lem is. We’re ad­dress­ing it right now.”

Brett Coomer / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

In six games with two starts, Tex­ans wide re­ceiver Keke Coutee (16) has caught 28 passes for 287 yards and one touch­down.

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