Texans' Owen Daniels out 4-6 weeks

Updated: October 8, 2013, 4:43 PM ET
By Tania Ganguli and Adam Schefter | ESPN.com

HOUSTON -- Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels suffered a non-displaced fibula fracture late in Sunday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers and is likely to miss four to six weeks, a source told ESPN.

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Cary Edmondso/USA TODAY SportsVeteran tight end Owen Daniels, who has a non-displaced fibula fracture, has missed only two games over the past two-plus seasons.

Daniels is tied for the team lead in touchdowns, having caught three scoring passes. Garrett Graham, who also has three TD catches, will replace Daniels in the starting lineup.

The Texans lead the NFL in plays run using two tight ends, so Daniels' departure could also lead to the emergence of rookie Ryan Griffin, a sixth-round draft pick this year.

Daniels, 30, has been one of the Texans' most consistent offensive players the past two seasons, during which he's missed only two games. He has 24 receptions for 252 yards this season. His last major injury was in 2009, when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 9.

Tania Ganguli

ESPN Houston Texans reporter

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