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Training camp roundup: Case Keenum pushing for Texans’ No. 2 quarterback job

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Case Keenum could be the Texans' No. 2 quarterback (USA Today Sports Images)

Half the NFL played on Friday night and four more teams are in action this weekend, so Saturday was a rather quiet day around training camps. In fact, the Chicago Bears sent out their practice schedule for the upcoming week and they'll be breaking training camp on Wednesday.

So the season is getting closer.

• While the battles for the starting quarterback job continues for the Buffalo Bills, New York Jets, Philadelphia Eagles and Jacksonville Jaguars, the Houston Texans have a battle going on for the No. 2 job behind Matt Schaub. 2011 fifth-round pick T.J. Yates is the incumbent, but he's being pushed by Case Keenum, a 2012 undrafted free agent who spent last season on the Texans' practice squad.

Yates was first off the bench in Friday night's 27-13 win over the Minnesota Vikings, completing 13-of-21 pass attempts for 151 yard and a touchdown in 32 snaps before turning the offensive over to Keenum. In 33 offensive plays, Keenum was 13-of-18 for 125 yards and a touchdown.

Head coach Gary Kubiak was asked if Keenum could be first off the bench next week against the Miami Dolphins.

"We’re going to talk about that this week," said Kubiak. "What I’m trying to do is get him and T.J. in the exact same situations as players with pretty much equal reps, so that’s something that may be a topic this week. They will continue to both play a great deal. It’s a very good battle going on and they both did a good job last night."

If Keenum does play well enough to earn the No. 2 job, the Texans would be in the enviable position of having too many starting-caliber quarterbacks on their roster. That could help them net a draft pick from a team in need of a quarterback.

• The Washington Redskins were scheduled to practice, but were rained out. With no indoor facility at the Bon Secours training facility in Richmond, Va., the players got an unexpected off day. Head coach Mike Shanahan was fine with that.

"I’ll be honest with you, I think the guy upstairs kind of took care of me today, because I wasn’t really sure about practicing today," Shanahan said. "I felt we were a little sore as a football team. We needed a little bit more rest. So I’m kind of glad that this happened, to be honest with you."

• Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis says wide receiver Andrew Hawkins is a candidate to be placed on the "Injured Reserve - Designated For Return" list as his injured ankle is now in a boot. Hawkins caught 51 passes for 533 yards and four touchdowns as the No. 3 receiver and his injury opens the door for Marvin Jones or Dane Sanzenbacher to step up in that role.

• According to Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, Green Bay Packers running back Alex Green is hearing his name in trade talks.

• Slow day on the NFL personnel notice. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers re-signed safety Troy Nolan, who they had released on Aug. 5. The Pittsburgh Steelers re-signed offensive tackle Mike Farrell and waived cornerback Buddy Jackson. The Seattle Seahawks added former UTEP wide receiver Donavon Kemp, filling a roster spot vacated by the release of wide receiver Early Doucet earlier in the week. The Bengals signed guard Otis Hudson, who they had originally selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL draft.

San Francisco 49ers running back Kendall Hunter passed his physical and was removed from the physically unable to perform list.

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