QB's throwing ability unknown

11/24/2003 - Houston Texans

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.

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

Carr, the No. 1 pick in last year's NFL draft, has missed the
equivalent of 3½ 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

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