The Houston Texans’ starting right tackle, Tytus Howard, suffered a partially torn MCL on Sunday.
NFL’s Ian Rapoport reported the sprain on Monday, following the Texans’ surprise win over the Chiefs.
#Texans RT Tytus Howard suffered a sprained MCL, source said. He’s expected to miss several weeks, but Houston avoids worst-case scenario.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 14, 2019
This is a big blow to the offense, as Houston notoriously has trouble protecting Deshaun Watson. He has already been sacked 18 times in six games. In their win over the Chiefs, however, he was not sacked once. It seemed that the line finally had some momentum, just in time for their right tackle to go down.
Howard is a rookie out of Alabama State, being drafted by the Texans 23rd overall in 2019. He suffered a broken finger in the preseason, but made it back to the field in time for Week 1. This is is first career severe injury.
Third-year pro Roderick Johnson will replace Howard on the line until he can return. Johnson has already had an interesting career with the Texans, being waived, promoted, and demoted four times. Unless he produces very well in Howard’s absence, his future may be unclear past him serving as a Band-Aid on the o-line.
The Texans play the Indianapolis Colts for control of the AFC South on Sunday, October 20.
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