Kubiak optimistic about Molden, Diles and Brown

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    <em>Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky</em> <p>Just spoke with Texans coach Gary Kubiak for a bit, mostly for a column about his recent hires that you'll find posted here Thursday.</p> <p>I did get to ask him about key injured guys and we talked about three in particular:</p> <ul> <li>Kubiak rated rookie cornerback <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=11313" target="_new">Antwaun Molden</a> as the team's biggest injury. He fractured his left ankle in the upset win over Tennessee on Dec. 14 and landed on IR a few days later.</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>"He went down with a pretty severe injury and getting him back is a big key to our back end," Kubiak said. "It is a bone so they feel very good about him coming back, we've got a couple players on our team that have come back from the same. But still, the bottom line is he's looking at a four-and-a-half- or a five-month process so it'll probably be training camp before he's ready to go."</p> <p>Will offseason rehab slow the sort of second-year jump coaches count on from a young player?</p> <p>"He is young, he's a tough young man, my understanding is he's come back from some injuries before in college," Kubiak said. "So we're going to sit here and hope for the best."</p> </blockquote> <ul> <li>Linebacker <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=10661" target="_new">Zac Diles</a> went down with a broken left leg in a practice drill before he was placed on IR on Nov. 6.</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>"Zac is a big key for us and we're hoping he does some OTA work for us, some offseason work," Kubiak said. "He'll be close."</p> </blockquote> <ul> <li>Strong safety <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/players/profile?playerId=8602" target="_new">C.C. Brown</a> suffered a broken right arm in the Texans' third game and went on IR on Sept. 30. "C.C. is doing well, he'll be fine. He'll be back in the offseason program," Kubiak said.</li> </ul> <blockquote> <p>Brown is slated to become an unrescricted free agent on Feb. 27.</p> </blockquote>

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