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Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Right tackle not clearing up for Texans

By Paul Kuharsky

Incumbent right tackle Derek Newton is coming off knee surgery and is a bit of an unknown for the Houston Texans as they prepare to start camp.

Now third-round pick Brennan Williams, who was expected to make a strong push for the starting spot, has been placed on the physically unable to perform list after a recent knee scope.

Per Dale Robertson of the Houston Chronicle, Williams will “miss too much time this summer to realistically be a factor when the season starts.”

Ryan Harris and Andrew Gardner are other options, as is sixth-round pick David Quessenberry.

But the Texans need to get settled at right tackle, which was a trouble spot last season. Newton experienced growing pains and yielded at times to Harris.

Injuries are fluid and things can change in a hurry. Perhaps Williams suffered a setback or his initial diagnosis was ultimately incorrect.

The Texans and Williams downplayed his knee issue after he got rolled up on in May.

“He got rolled up this morning in a drill that he was doing, but we think he’s going to be fine,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said on May 11, per the team’s website. “All indications are he’s fine. We’re going to keep him out tomorrow and then put him back to work next week, so we got lucky.”

“I’m feeling great,” Williams said at the time. “Somebody’s been praying for me. I’m doing (all right) ... just a little bit of swelling. Nothing too bad. I’ll be back pretty soon.”

Did the Texans really feel that way then, or did they feel compelled to spin hard on a May injury?

I guess it’s not important. But they need Newton or Williams, and preferably Newton and Williams, ready for their opener at San Diego on Sept. 9.