Thursday, December 12, 2013
One more week without Owen Daniels
By Tania Ganguli
HOUSTON -- Texans tight end Owen Daniels thought he might be able to return to the Texans for last week's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
He was wrong, and it's going to be at least another week.
Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said Thursday that Daniels did not practice again and wouldn't be available for this weekend's game in Indianapolis. Daniels suffered a non-displaced fibula fracture in the Texans' Week 5 game in San Francisco. The team put him on injured reserve designated to return, probably expecting to need him for a playoff run. That meant he couldn't play again for eight weeks.
The Texans now find themselves in a bit of a predicament with only two tight ends available at the moment. Garrett Graham, Daniels' backup, hasn't practiced yet this week with a hamstring injury.
Without Graham, the Texans will rely heavily on rookie tight end Ryan Griffin, a sixth-round draft pick who never seems to leave the field.
"He's done a really good job," Phillips said. "He's a really good pick for us, especially where he was picked. Going to be able to utilize him a lot of different ways. Special teams as well as tight ends."