Duane Brown injury leaves Texans holding breath

AP

Losing your left tackle can be a good way to send your season in the wrong direction in a hurry, so it’s no surprise that the Texans are a bit concerned about Duane Brown’s injury during Wednesday’s practice.

Brown injured his left ankle during a running play when someone fell on the outside of his leg. Brown was able to walk off the field on his own power, but left the field via cart a short time later to get an MRI. Coach Gary Kubiak said it was a positive that he was able to walk, but that he’s still concerned about Brown’s status.

“He got rolled up, kind of got hit on the outside of his leg,” Kubiak said, via the team’s website. “It’s part of football, unfortunately. We’ll hold our breath. Hopefully, he’s OK.”

Brown is coming off the best season of his career, which saw him allow just 2.5 sacks while making the Associated Press‘ second All-Pro team. That’s not something you want to lose from the lineup while you’re also holding a competition for the right tackle job. Rashad Butler moved from that battle to take reps in place of Brown on Wednesday while Derek Newton held down the right side.

It’s too premature to wonder if that will be a permanent state of affairs for the Texans, obviously, but it’s not too early to say that there are a lot of fingers crossed in Houston.