Bill O’Brien feels good about his tackles without Duane Brown

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Duane Brown remains a no-show, with the Texans moving on with who they have Monday. Houston practiced without the holdout tackle, readying for Sunday’s season opener against the Jaguars as if Brown won’t report.

“I feel good about our tackle situation,” Texans coach Bill O’Brien said Monday, via quotes distributed by the team. “We’ve had these guys around for a while. Duane hasn’t been here for a long time. I think everybody knows how I feel about Duane. Look, he’s doing what he believes is best for him, and we’re coaching the guys that are here and we feel good about our 53-man roster.”

Kendall Lamm will start at left tackle in Brown’s absence.

O’Brien wouldn’t speculate on how long it would take Brown to get into football shape once he returns.

“You’d have to ask him that. I have no idea,” O’Brien said.

Brown told reporters at a Hurricane Harvey relief event Sunday he will play this season but wouldn’t commit to a return date.

6 responses to “Bill O’Brien feels good about his tackles without Duane Brown

  1. The Texans will be fine without Brown. To be honest, being 32 years old, injury prone (he hasn’t been completely healthy in 3 years) and making $9M per year, giving him a guaranteed salary for the next 3 years would be stupid on the Texans part. He’s just not worth it at his age and injury level.

    Let him hold out, he’ll report during Week 8 (like all holdouts do to avoid having the extra year on their contract) put him on the non-football injury reserve list, and cut him during the off-season.

    Use that $9M on his replacement and upgrading another position.

  2. He it comes…Duane Brown’s Whne keeping it real goes wrong …..he is going to hold out, lose $411k a week, think he can just waltz in and is going to end up getting cut

  3. The Texans are going to hamstrung by a horrible offense once again, Journeyman QBs do not respond well to constant pressure and getting hit a lot, neither do young ones. Behind Houston’s line those QB’s will start turning the ball over under heavy duress.

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