Owen Daniels Injury: Updates on Texans TE's Leg and Return
Updates from Monday, Dec. 16
The Houston Chronicle's Staff reports Owen Daniels has not given up on his goal of returning during the 2013 regular season:
Texans tight end Owen Daniels said he still hopes to play during the final two games of the season. He isn’t certain he’ll be able to return, though.
Wade Phillips shared more about Daniels' status via John McClain of the Houston Chronicle:
Phillips on TE Owen Daniels "I don't know. I think it's still a might situation this week, as far as him practicing. Graham is still iffy."— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) December 16, 2013
Updates From Wednesday Dec. 4:
According to a report from Brian Smith of The Houston Chronicle, there's still plenty of uncertainty surrounding Daniels' impending return:
Coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday he expects tight end Owen Daniels to take the field for the Texans again this season.
Daniels said he’s just following orders and doing what the team asks.
Whether Daniels will play in the Texans’ final three games remains up for debate. But he’s definitely out for Thursday’s matchup at Jacksonville, marking a minor setback for an inconsistent offense that’s had to rely on tight ends Garrett Graham and Ryan Griffin with the more experienced Daniels out.
“O.D. did work (Tuesday) on the field — not with the team but on his own — and had a really good day,” Kubiak said. “Obviously, he’s not going to play this week. But he made a lot of progress, so we’ll see where we’re at heading into the weekend.”
Daniels has been unavailable since Week 5 at San Francisco, where he suffered a non-displaced fractured fibula. He was eligible to return Thursday and come off injured reserve. But
Daniels said last week he couldn’t ramp up to 100 percent without going through the necessary practices, and now there are just three games left before the 2013 season is complete.
“I’m just getting myself ready, and it’s up to (the team),” Daniels said. “It’s not my decision.”
Updates for Monday, Nov. 2
Daniels said last week it was unlikely he’d play against the Jaguars.
Kubiak hinted Monday that Daniels could continue to be unavailable.
“Owen is not yet on the field is the best way I can describe it to you,” Kubiak said at Reliant Stadium. “He’s doing good. He’s just not yet on the field. We probably have a decision to make. I know he’s worked pretty hard (Monday) with the trainers, so we’ll see.”
Updates for Thursday, Nov. 14
"Tight end Owen Daniels said Wednesday he still hopes to return for a Dec. 5 game at Jacksonville," according to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle.
UPDATE: Wednesday, Oct. 9
From ESPN's Adam Schefter:
Texans placing TE Owen Daniels on injured reserve with designation to return, meaning he will miss at least eight weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 9, 2013
The fact the team is thinking of putting him on injured reserve—even if he could be taken off—doesn't bode well. That sounds like a move for a player you expect to be out for at least a few weeks.
For Houston, it's adding injury to insult. It's bad enough the Texans were beaten 34-3 and turned the ball over four times. Just when you think things can't get any worse, now they lose one of their most consistent offensive players in the process.
Daniels is third on the Texans in receptions (24) and receiving yards (252). He's also tied for the lead in touchdown receptions, with three.
Any loss to Houston's passing game could potentially be huge, especially with a player so integral to the offense. Matt Schaub is in the midst of a massive slump. Daniels is one of his most trusted targets. The tight end is a nice security blanket, and one which Schaub desperately needs at the moment.
John McClain of The Houston Chronicle went on to write that Garrett Graham would take over as starter in Daniels' absence. The fourth-year player has 15 receptions for 141 yards and three touchdowns in 2013.
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