Texans re-sign Ryan Harris

AP

After Rashard Butler got hurt before last season, the Texans took a chance on signing tackle Ryan Harris even though he wasn’t healthy enough to play at all during the 2011 season.

The move paid off well enough as Harris rotated in at right tackle for Derek Newton during most games last season and started a pair of them when Newton was injured. The right side of the line was not a great strength for the Texans last season, but Harris did well enough to remain on the depth chart for another year.

That’s just what he’ll be doing. The Texans announced that they have re-signed Harris, who could be in line for first-team reps during OTAs with Newton recovering from knee surgery and more than that if he can stay healthy.

Harris played 16 games in 2012 for just the second time in his career and his injury history kept him from nailing down a long-term role with the Broncos. Harris started 34 games across three years, but the Broncos opted for a bit more certainty than he was able to provide because of all the aches and pains.