Owen Daniels Injury: Updates on Texans TE's Hip

Matt FitzgeraldCorrespondent IIINovember 8, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 27:  Owen Daniels #81 of the Houston Texans runs for yardage during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on November 27, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Houston Texans tight end Owen Daniels sustained a hip injury in Sunday's win over the Buffalo Bills that has turned out to be more nagging than originally anticipated.

UPDATE: Sunday November 18 at 11:55 a.m. ET

Contrary to earlier reports, it looks like Owen Daniels will not be on the field with the Texans for today's game against the Jaguars, according to the team's Twitter account. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, November 18 at 9:22 a.m. ET

Great news for Texans fans and fantasy owners as Owen Daniels (hip) is expected to play today, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Texans TE Owen Daniels (back, hip) expected to play.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 18, 2012

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UPDATE: Friday, November 16, 1:37 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

After participating in practice earlier in the week, Daniels is making progress towards a potential return on Sunday. FOX Houston's Mark Berman had the news from head coach Gary Kubiak:

Gary Kubiak said Owen Daniels, Shaun Cody and Tim Dobbins will be game-time decisions for Sunday.

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 16, 2012

That's good news for the Texans offense, which will get back a major weapon in the passing game if Daniels is ready to play. Keep checking back for all the latest on his status heading into Sunday's Week 11 matchup with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, November 14, 1:50 p.m. ET by Donald Wood

Good news today out of the Houston Texans camp, as Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston is reporting that star tight end Owen Daniels practiced Wednesday after missing this week’s game with a hip injury:

Gary Kubiak says all of his injured players worked today including Owen Daniels, Shaun Cody and Ben Tate.

— Mark Berman (@MarkBermanFox26) November 14, 2012

The passing attack for the Texans is already inconsistent at times, so the loss of a key part like Daniels was a scary though for Houston and the team’s fans. Barring any setbacks, Daniels should be ready for Week 11.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:10 p.m. ET by Tim Keeney

Daniels is inactive for Sunday night's matchup with the Chicago Bears (via ESPN's Chris Mortensen):

Owen Daniels inactive

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 12, 2012

If you were relying on Daniels, who was a game-time decision for Sunday's game, now would be the time to get him out of your lineup. 

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UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 11 at 10:25 a.m. ET by Adam Wells

The Texans are taking a wait-and-see approach with Daniels prior to Sunday night's game against Chicago. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter said on Sunday NFL Countdown (via Rotoworld) that the Texans are going to evaluate Daniels before the start of the game to see where he is, and "they do not want to make a decision on him until game time."

Daniels has been a fragile player for most of his career, so you can understand the Texans' trepidation in making a decision now. 

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UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2:15 p.m. ET by Ben Chodos

Owen Daniels' status for this weekend's showdown with the Chicago Bears is still up in the air. 

Associated Press sports writer Chris Duncan reported (via Yahoo Sports) that "Daniels, Houston's second-leading receiver, sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Kubiak says he'll be a 'game-time decision' when the Texans (7-1) play the Bears (7-1) on Sunday night."

The Texans will need all the offensive help they can get against Chicago's defense, and will certainly benefit from having Daniels on the field. 

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Head coach Gary Kubiak had more on Daniels' status, which was relayed by the team's official Twitter account:

Kubiak: Daniels has an injury that's like a "bad hip pointer."

— Houston Texans (@HoustonTexans) November 8, 2012

As Dan Robertson of the Houston Chronicle reported earlier in the week, Daniels had missed practice on Wednesday to undergo more tests on his ailing hip. Judging from that Kubiak snippet, it seems there still isn't much specificity with regard to Daniels' condition.

Kubiak noted on Wednesday that Daniels is from the Chicago area, which is likely to give him even more incentive to suit up for the Sunday night matchup with the Chicago Bears.

As long as this setback doesn't keep Daniels out for too long, he will continue on track for his best season since 2008, when he enjoyed his lone trip to the Pro Bowl. Daniels is second on the team with 37 catches for 478 yards, and he leads the Texans with five receiving touchdowns.

QB Matt Schaub has managed to stay in the lineup in 2012 after being consistently plagued with injuries nearly every season. He has thrown to Daniels for his entire tenure under center in Houston. Against such a tough Bears defense, Schaub needs all the help he can get.

It would be a shame to see an impact player like Daniels miss out on what will likely be the best game of the NFL season to date between two 7-1 teams.

With most of Sunday to rest up and give the hip a final test, Daniels should be a game-time decision for the showdown in Soldier Field. As kickoff approaches, stay tuned here for the latest updates on Daniels' condition.