Because Naperville North alumnus Chris Brown has missed practice with back spasms, the Houston Texans auditioned four running backs on Thursday and signed former Bronco Mike Bell.
Brown has missed four days of practice and counting. He jogged on Thursday, but may not return until Monday. Until then, Mike Bell is taking the reps with Ahman Green, Chris Taylor, Darius Walker and rookie Steve Slaton.
"He looked a lot faster than everyone else to begin with but then he got tired," coach Gary Kubiak said. "So we've got to get him going. It was an easy call for us because he knows what we're doing. He could walk out here today and work. He's got some talent. There's an opportunity for him as we get Chris healthy, and we'll see how it goes."