Duane Brown off crutches in recovery from torn quad

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The Texans played without left tackle Duane Brown in their playoff loss to the Chiefs last month after Brown tore his quadriceps in the regular season finale.

While his presence probably would not have been enough to overcome the team’s poor play at quarterback, Brown’s absence was a blow to the Houston offense in a game they needed just about everything to go right to win. It doesn’t look like the injury will leave them to play without him once they get to next season, though.

“Coming along great, man,” Brown said, via the team’s website. “Tomorrow will be five weeks out of surgery. Off of crutches, which is a big step for me. It’s healing pretty well. I’m pretty amazed at the recovery I’ve had so far. Long road ahead of me, but just taking it one day at a time and looking forward to getting back.”

Brown is now working on regaining the full range of motion in his leg and increasing the strength in his quad. He’s set to make $7 million in 2016, which will be his ninth year as a starter in Houston.