Houston Texans‘ LB Darryl Sharpton says he is healthy and ready for the 2013 season after a hip injury sidelined him in the week 17 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Sharpton season began in the week 11 overtime win over the Jacksonville Jaguars when he returned from a previous quadriceps injury sustained in October 2011.
Sharpton spent the first 10 weeks of the 2012 season on the PUP list before returning against the Jaguars. He started all six games after returning, rallying up 28 tackles, one fumble recovery, one interception, and was able to deflect two passes, something Houston became well known for after superstar JJ Watt did it so well. Sharpton is excited to finally to be on track to be a everyday player, and not just on the day-to-day grind of trying to get back onto the field.
The combination of defensive captain Brian Cushing and Sharpton will be something Houston looks forward to seeing, after Cushing sustained a torn ACL in week 5 against the New York Jets and was sidelined for the rest of the season.
This could alter Houston’s draft plans seeing as they need a middle linebacker to compliment Cushing, and the team now knows they will have Sharpton back. Instead of seeing Houston go for a linebacker in the first two rounds, they might hold off and see what’s available come the third and fourth rounds. Houston may even look at possibly releasing a older veteran to make room for the young linebacker, which might mean the end of a short tenure in Houston for 10-year veteran Bradie James.