As I bet almost everyone is aware, Matt Schaub had a terrible evening Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers. But what many Houston Texans fans may not be aware of — and perhaps more damaging to the Texans’ hope of rebounding against the St. Louis Rams — is the possible injury to Owen Daniels, star tight end for the Texans.
Daniels had an MRI performed on his fibula on Monday according to head coach Gary Kubiak. He may have injured his leg on one of his six catches Sunday for 60 yards. Depending on what the injury is and the severity, Daniels could be back next week or miss up to two years. Daniels is an extremely important cog in this offense, as he has the second-most catches (24) on the team for 252 yards and three touchdowns (tied for the most for any Texans receiver).
If Daniels has to miss any time, backup tight end Garrett Graham and rookie Ryan Griffin will see even more playing time. Graham is doing rather well this season, as he has 15 receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns. Griffin hasn’t caught a pass yet in the regular season, but he performed well enough during the preseason that you can expect him to get open once or twice over the next few games.
You can expect a lot of hard work from the tight ends behind Daniels on the depth chart, but it won’t be the same as having Daniels on the field. Schaub was already hurting, and losing one of his safety valves could contribute even more to his no longer being the starting quarterback for the Texans. Texans fans should send all prayers, well wishes and positive thoughts to Daniels’ fibula, which we should hear about tomorrow. If it’s bad news, then this already long season will become even tougher.