Owen Daniels is the latest addition to the injury list. As I talked about yesterday, Daniels had an MRI performed Monday after injuring his leg against the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night. Tania Ganguli reported Tuesday morning that Daniels’ MRI had revealed a fractured fibula. Depending on how his rehab goes, this could keep Daniels out anywhere from four weeks to eight weeks.
Daniels has been pretty popular with Matt Schaub this season, as he’s second in receptions on the team (24) and third in yardage (252). He’s also tied with Garrett Graham for the most touchdown catches by Texans receivers with three.
The tight end position is extremely important to the Texans’ offense this season, as six of the Texans’ eight passing touchdowns have gone to either Daniels or Graham. Graham — who has 15 catches for 141 yards — and rookie Ryan Griffin will have to pick up the slack for the next few weeks, and honestly if Schaub continues playing like he has, we may not notice the difference.
Speaking of Schaub, several Texans writers have half-joked about putting Schaub on the injured reserve for a head injury. This isn’t because they actually think that the Texans quarterback has a physical injury to his head, but instead because he’s got a mental block that’s keeping him from playing as well as he should be able to.
One possible cause of some of Schaub’s problems could be that his O-Line hasn’t been completely healthy in any of the Texans’ three losses. Duane Brown missed the first two games against the Baltimore Ravens and Seattle Seahawks, and Brandon Brooks missed last week’s game against the Niners.
The line is especially important to the Texans because it helps set up the play-action pass, which up until this season was the biggest part of the Texans’ offense.
Ed Reed banged up his knee a little bit when he dove over a sliding Colin Kaepernick, but he seems to be okay. He brushed off any talk of his knee being injured and guaranteed that his surgically-repaired hip was okay. J.J. Watt still has his nose bandaged up, and Brian Cushing seems to be doing okay after receiving a concussion in the game against Seattle.