Texans' Mathis Wants To Shake Injury Bug

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HOUSTON (AP) - Houston's Jerome Mathis wants to return to his
rookie form.
Mathis has been out with injuries so often since Gary Kubiak
became coach of the Texans that seeing him on the field each day at
training camp -- is like watching a new player.
Mathis missed 14 games last season with injuries.
Now that the third-year receiver and returner -- is healthy.
Mathis made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2005 after returning 54
kickoffs for 1,542 yards and two touchdowns in 12 games.
His 28.6 yards a return average was the best in the NFL and he
was the first player in team history to return a kickoff for a
But Mathis sat out most of last season with a fractured foot and
finished with seven kickoff returns for 192 yards and didn't catch
a pass.
His foot healed near the end of the season and he declared
himself healthy, but was nagged by a hamstring problem.