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Texans TE Owen Daniels Placed On Short-Term IR

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Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images.
Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images.

The Houston Texans will lose TE Owen Daniels for the next 4-8 weeks with a non-displaced fibula fracture, which occurred in Week 6 when they were dominated by the San Francisco 49ers. Tania Ganguli of ESPN first reported the news.

The timing couldn’t be worse for Daniels and the Texans. The team is struggling with Matt Schaub turning the ball over on an Eli Manning-like pace, and losing one of his most reliable weapons in the passing game only makes it all the more worse.

To date, Daniels has caught 24 passes for 252 yards and three touchdowns. He leads the team in receptions, and he’s tied for the lead in receiving touchdowns, too.

Garrett Graham is the first player on the list to replace Daniels in the lineup, and he’s going to play a fairly significant role on the team until Daniels is able to return. He’s tied with Daniels in touchdown receptions despite his limited snap counts behind Daniels.

Update: The Texans have opted to place Daniels on injured reserve with a designation to return, and he won't be eligible to return to the field until after eight weeks.