There was good news and bad news for Houston Texans tight ends early Monday morning.

The good news was Jordan Thomas returned to practice after being out for around a week with a hamstring injury. He had been working at a slower pace the last few days.

But the situation with rookie Kahale Warring got a bit worse, as a league source reported that he had entered the NFL’s concussion protocol. Warring was already recovering from a hamstring injury, and got hurt in scrimmages at Green Bay last week.

But the source said that Warring is making progress after missing the last three days of practice.

After Sunday’s practice, head coach Bill O’Brien talked about how valuable practice time is for both Thomas and Warring.

“Yeah, it puts them back. I don’t think there’s any substitute for the experience on the field. I think that availability equals dependability,” O’Brien said. “Look, it’s not their fault that they’re injured but they have to work hard to get back out here as soon as they can, because it’s a very competitive position, very competitive.”

Tight end Jordan Akins has been the one player to take advantage of the extra playing time, but so has rookie fullback Cullen Gillaspia, who has modeled some of his play like the tight ends.

O’Brien has been positive with Gillaspia’s play so far. “He works hard. He’s really a good guy,” he said. “He loves football, loves it here. He’s from Katy and takes a lot of pride in playing for the Texans.”

A couple of starters took the day off on Monday, including wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and defensive tackle D.J. Reader. But defensive end J.J. Watt returned to practice after sitting out Thursday’s game against Green Bay and Sunday’s practice with a groin injury.

Wide receiver Will Fuller also returned to practice after missing Thursday’s game and Sunday’s practice.

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