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Texans OT Seantrel Henderson Out for Season with Ankle Injury, Will Have Surgery

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist

Houston Texans offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson receives attention on the field after an injury during the first half of an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
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Houston Texans tackle Seantrel Henderson suffered a broken ankle in Sunday's game against the New England Patriots and will undergo surgery Tuesday.

Texans head coach Bill O'Brien confirmed the diagnosis when speaking to reporters Monday. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle first reported the news Sunday.

Henderson started at right tackle but was forced to leave in the first quarter after going down with the ankle injury. 

As Albert Breer of the MMQB noted, the Texans offensive line had already been a problem:

Albert Breer @AlbertBreer

Texans OT Seantrel Henderson down, bad news for a team that had to duct tape things together on the offensive line this offseason.

Henderson was in his first year with Houston after spending his first four seasons with the Buffalo Bills. He started all 16 games of his rookie year after being a seventh-round pick out of Miami in 2014, but he slowly saw his role reduced as his career continued.

The 26-year-old dealt with a 2016 suspension for substance abuse and only appeared in eight games over the past two years, starting one.

While he got another chance to show what he could do on a one-year contract with the Texans, the latest injury will likely keep him out for an extended period.

Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Houston moved left tackle Julien Davenport to the right side of the line and then placed rookie third-round pick Martinas Rankin at left tackle.

It wasn't the only long-term injury for the Texans on Sunday, as O'Brien also announced cornerback Kevin Johnson will be out for "a while" with a concussion.

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