HOUSTON – The Houston Texans have re-signed free agent S , it was announced today. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Demps posted career highs of 22 tackles, two interceptions and four passes defensed in nine games with the Texans last season after signing with the team in October. The fifth-year veteran also returned five kickoffs for 169 yards (33.8 average), including a team-long 50-yard return against Carolina. He originally signed with the Texans in December of 2010, playing in the final two games of the season.
A native of San Antonio, Demps was selected in the fourth round out of UTEP in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He has 34 career tackles, one sack and three interceptions, and 63 kickoff returns for 1,638 yards (26.0 average) and one touchdown.
All-Pro wide receiver , who has missed the last three games with a hamstring injury, returned to practice on Wednesday at the Methodist Training Center.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak said he will listen to Johnson this week to decide if Johnson is ready to play on Sunday against the Jaguars.
“He went the whole practice,” Kubiak said. “It’s a huge step forward. It’s just good to get him out of working on his own mode and work with the players. I think it’s going to be a process this week, but there’s obviously a chance, the fact that he practiced. So it’ll be a day-to-day deal.”
Johnson was injured against Pittsburgh in Week 4. He had minor surgery two days later to remove scar tissue behind his right knee. He had been running and rehabbing on a side field at practice for the last two weeks.
“From the day he fell down against Pittsburgh to where we’re at today, that’s pretty amazing,” Kubiak said. “So I think we’re all very fortunate, and we know that we’re all going to get a great player back here at some point, and hopefully sooner rather than later.
“I’m going to listen more than anything. He looked good running to me (Wednesday), but we’ve got to see like (when) he wakes up tomorrow, how sore is he, those type of things. I’m going to listen to him. We’ve got a long way to go this season and we need to make sure we do the right thing here. We’ve got a long week. We’ll see what happens.”
Fullback also returned to practice for the Texans on Wednesday. He will play in Week 8 after missing the last two games with a strained pectoral muscle. Kubiak did not say whether the versatile Casey would start over , who’s more of traditional lead blocker.
“We’ll see,” Kubiak said. “It all depends what we’re doing. I think there’s a place for both of them as we move forward here and (that) gives us other avenues offensively, but we’ll see.”