Trey Flowers plans to play this Sunday against Houston

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After being MIA for most of August, New England Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers says he plans to play in the season opener against the Houston Texans this Sunday.

“Yeah man. That’s the plan,” Flowers said on Sunday. “I play football, so it’s time for football to be played.”

Flowers was very limited for most of August and did not participate in any preseason games. He suffered a forehead laceration in the first week of camp, then returned for a short period of time. Flowers was then held out of practice again for longer periods of time with an unknown injury.

It’s been a roller coaster of a summer for the four-year veteran, but Flowers says he’ll be ready to go for Week 1 when his team faces Deshaun Watson and the Texans.

“He’s a guy that’s definitely hard to bring down. Definitely hard to play, especially in my position,” Flowers said of Watson. “He’s a guy that we’ve got to contain, got to make sure we stay disciplined in our rush lanes and keep eyes on him and make sure we don’t allow him to escape the pocket.”

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