The Patriots were able to pawn off a center they no longer wanted, and perhaps the Texans should have picked up the phone.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, Texans center Nick Martin recently underwent ankle surgery and is expected to miss the entire season. He had been dealing with a high ankle sprain, and apparently it wasn’t getting better in a reasonable time frame.
That’s a tough blow for a Texans offense that was already rebuilding around new quarterback Brock Osweiler and running back Lamar Miller. The second-rounder from Notre Dame was expected to step in immediately.
Now, they’re reconfiguring their line from the inside out.
It’s unclear if the Texans would have had any interest in former Patriots center Bryan Stork (or how interested he is in playing), but yesterday’s trade to Washington made that a moot point.