Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is getting his work in on a side practice field and preparing for training camp next month.
"I'm ready to go," Schaub told the Houston Chronicle.
Schaub, who underwent surgery on his right foot last season after he was injured in Week 10, said he's fully recovered. But the Texans are being cautious and holding him out of OTAs and next week's minicamp.
Schaub's workouts include agility drills with other players who aren't fully practicing, including receiver Andre Johnson, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in May.
Texans coach Gary Kubiak isn't worried about Schaub's health.
"We know what Mat's capable of, and we're expecting big things from him," Kubiak told the Chronicle. "He'll work as hard as anybody."
---Brian Banks, a former high-school standout who spent five years in prison for a rape he didn't commit, will try out for the Kansas City Chiefs next week in his quest to land a job in the NFL.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pound linebacker worked out for the San Diego Chargers on Friday and has an invitation to join the Seattle Seahawks during their minicamp next week, U-T San Diego reported.
The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings and San Francisco 49ers also have expressed interest in seeing what Banks can do. He reportedly has run a 40-yard dash in just under 4.7 seconds.
"The biggest thing for me ever has been to obtain and secure my freedom. I've already won," Banks told U-T San Diego. "Regardless of what happens, I'm already rich. I'm already here.
"Two weeks ago, I was sitting at home, just being hopeful that I could secure my freedom. ... These opportunities are something I'll cherish for the rest of my life."
---If Chad Ochocinco could get his wish, he reportedly would continue his NFL career with the Miami Dolphins.
After the wide receiver was waived this past week by the New England Patriots, he's in the market for a new employer and the south Florida native apparently will get a tryout this week with the Dolphins, souces told CBSSports.com.
Ochocinco indicated via Twitter on Friday that there's interest in him from NFL teams, but no other clubs have -- at least not publicly -- stepped forward so far.
Because of his failure to grasp the Patriots' complex offense, the expectations for his contributions on the field could be minimal. But he could bring a veteran presence and buzz to the rebuilding Dolphins.
Meanwhile, as Ochocinco waits for a call, he continues to work out. On Saturday, he was getting together for a two-hour session with former teammate Terrell Owens.
---Detroit Lions defensive end Cliff Avril begged to differ Saturday with team president Tom Lewand's stance that the next move in their contract talks belongs to Avril.
Avril hasn't signed the team's $10.6 million franchise tender. The team's standout pass rusher hasn't shown up for voluntary workouts and probably won't next week for minicamp. The sides reportedly are $2 million per year apart in negotiations on potentially a four- or five-year deal.
"It's up to Tom," Avril told the Detroit Free Press. "It's up to Tom, and see where we can go with that."
If a deal isn't in place by July 16, Avril could opt for the franchise tender this season and become a free agent in 2013. However, Avril remains optimistic that an agreement can be reached before training camp in July.
---The St. Louis Rams have privately received an offer of $48 million in publicly funded money to renovate the Edward Jones Dome.
The St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission, which operates the building, is hoping to incite to the Rams to waive its relocation clause in future years by offering an improvements package that would require no private financing, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Saturday.
The Rams can opt to terminate the lease by 2015 if the facility isn't considered "first tier," the newspaper reported. The team has played in the building since 1995.
During the winter, the commission gave the Rams a stadium proposal that included public funding and splitting the cost of a $124 million renovations. Since then, the two sides have been sharing proposals.
The latest proposal includes the construction of a parking structure and its game-day revenue going to the Rams and also takes five years off the team's $250,000-per-year lease.
A Friday deadline looms to reach an agreement or face binding arbitration.
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