Texans make surprise switch on offensive line
David Carr and Mike Quinn
By TSX

Posted Oct 10, 2002


The Houston Texans made a surprise switch this week when Ryan Schau began working with the first-team offense at right guard, the spot currently held by rookie Fred Weary.

Schau returned to full workouts this week for the first time since injuring his right knee the week of the Sept. 8 season opener. Coach Dom Capers declined to say whether Schau would start Sunday against the Bills, opting to wait to see how his knee responds from a few days of practice.

Schau, who practices with a brace on his right knee, reported to training camp as the Texans' top reserve offensive lineman, He was forced into the starting lineup at left guard after injuries to starting tackles Tony Boselli and Ryan Young forced the Texans to reconfigure their line.

Rather than return to left guard, Schau worked the latter part of this week at right guard. Capers said the move was based on Schau's versatility to play anywhere on the line.

Weary, who has started all four games, has taken the move in stride, saying he is still a work in progress.

"I'm getting a grasp of everything, but it's a lot to learn at this level," said Weary, a third-round selection out of Tennessee. "Coming in and playing as a rookie, learning a new system and all of that -- it's a lot to do."

Weary believes he has shown coaches what he can do in a short time.

"I think I've shown I can play, and once I get everything down and I can go out and play without hesitation, I'll be a lot better," Weary said.



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