QB's throwing ability unknown

Updated: November 24, 2003, 6:05 PM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans won't know whether David Carr has a chance to play next weekend against the Atlanta Falcons until his workout Wednesday, coach Dom Capers said Monday.

 David Carr
Carr

Carr, who missed Sunday's 23-20 overtime loss to New England with a sprained right shoulder, was listed as the No. 3 emergency quarterback Sunday against the Patriots. He jogged onto the field wearing a baseball cap and probably wouldn't have seen the field under any circumstance.

"David Carr is making progress," Capers said. "We're going to probably list him as questionable right now. We're going to have to wait and see how he does through the course of the week in practice."

Carr, the No. 1 pick in last year's NFL draft, has missed the equivalent of 3 games this season. He took every snap as a rookie.

This season, he went down in the first quarter of a loss to Indianapolis with a sprained right ankle on Oct. 26. He then missed the Texans' upset of Carolina but returned for the next game.

Carr sprained his shoulder Nov. 16 against the Buffalo Bills, when Jeff Posey's crunching sack drove his right shoulder into the turf in the first quarter.

Unlike the previous injury, when coaches had a decent idea of how well Carr could get around, Capers said he has no idea how well Carr can throw.

"He just had some light throwing (last week) and did not put any velocity on the ball or anything like that," Capers said. "That's why we'll have to wait for him to get out there and see whether he can throw the ball without any pain in his shoulder and what kind of velocity he has on it.

"One thing I will say, we're going to make sure David's healthy before we put him back out there."

The Texans also said Pro Bowl cornerback Aaron Glenn is unlikely to play against the Falcons. He has been fighting a groin injury for much of the season and took a turn for the worse against the Patriots

Linebacker Antwan Peek and defensive end Gary Walker, both out with toe problems, also will be classified as doubtful.


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