Carr expected to practice Wednesday

Updated: November 3, 2003, 5:11 PM ET

HOUSTON -- Texans quarterback David Carr is expected to return to practice this week for the first time since spraining his right ankle and will start at Cincinnati next Sunday if there are no complications.

"I don't know how limited he'll be on Wednesday, but we're planning on him coming out and practicing," coach Dom Capers said. "We're hoping to move forward with David."

Carr, the No. 1 pick of the 2002 draft, had started the first 23 games in Texans history before suffering the injury Oct. 26 at Indianapolis as he was sacked.

Veteran Tony Banks started Sunday against Carolina and threw a fourth quarter touchdown pass to Billy Miller in a 14-10 upset of Carolina.

Carr did not miss a snap throughout his rookie year despite absorbing a record 76 sacks. He has been sacked only 11 times in seven games this season.

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