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Texans GM gives credit to OL Kenyon Green for working to return from injury in 2023

Kenyon Green was a highly touted offensive lineman coming out of Texas A&M a few years ago, which is exactly why the Houston Texans drafted him with the 15th overall pick in 2022. Since then, Green has been on a bit of an up and down trajectory. career largely due to injury.

Green started 14 of the 15 games he saw action during his rookie season, but things started to go wrong after the 2022 season when he dealt with a shoulder injury in the offseason. He tried to play through it and opted not to undergo surgery, but in the last game of the 2023 preseason for the Texans, the injury had worsened, ultimately forcing him out of the entire season.

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Green is now working himself back into NFL shape and will look to reestablish himself on the Texans’ offensive line. Speaking to Sports Radio 610, Houston Texans general manager Nick Caserio discussed the efforts Green has made to get back to where he once was.

“Yes, we talked about this a little bit on the show,” Caserio said. “So this is really his first chance to have a full offseason of training. KG has done a great job. He’s worked really hard, changed some things from his training, some things that are working for him.

“So he’s put himself in a good position to challenge for a place. Ultimately it’s about performance, so whoever the player is, whatever the role is, they’ll decide it based on their performance. But he’s got a good attitude, he is healthy and he is ready to go. So the training camp will be the big litmus test not only for him, but for a number of players.”

Getting into a mental state after surgery that has sidelined you for an entire season can be the hardest part. These athletes’ bodies can respond like no other, and it appears Green has been taking care of himself when it comes to his training and preparation to get back on the field.

Caserio elaborated on exactly what Green has been doing this offseason, as he continued to praise him for getting both his mentality and body back into shape.

“He actually went to Oregon and worked with a group there for about four to five weeks,” Caserio added. “So it was just a different incentive, kind of a different training I think with Dominic. And Sue works with some players in Oregon.

“So he went there for a few weeks and I mean, sometimes players just need a change of environment to be honest. It’s something different. And it worked for him and he came back. He’s back, a good head space. So frame of spirit is important. So credit to him, credit to the work he put in.”

Green appears ready to go full strength and will have a chance to reclaim his starting spot along the offensive line this offseason, as long as he can perform at the level that made him a first-round draft pick in 2022 . It will be competition, but ultimately the staff will figure out the best option to protect C.J. Stroud and create holes for running backs Joe Mixon and Dameon Pierce to run through.

“So I mean, again, the real test will come in training camp, but he’s positioned himself to get a chance to compete for the left guard spot,” Caserio said. “And if he plays well enough, he will play. If he doesn’t, it will be someone else. I mean, not to make it black or white, but that’s the reality of what’s happening in this league. But He’s a great kid who has worked really hard and I think the staff and a lot of people are proud of the work he’s done so far.”

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