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The Texans took a big hit on Wednesday, when it was revealed that starting tight end Owen Daniels will miss at least the next eight weeks with a non-displaced fracture in his fibula.
Daniels was placed on the Injured Reserve with designation to return. And Daniels fully intends on returning.
“I can’t tell the future. I can tell that I’ve healed well in the past and my bones have healed well when I’ve had issues with that,” Daniels said at his locker on Wednesday. “I’m going to do everything on my end to do the right thing nutrition-wise and rehab-wise. I anticipate being ready to go.”
Each NFL team only gets to designate one player to return each season and the Texans have used that designation on Daniels. He can practice after six weeks but has to wait eight weeks before playing in a game. That means the earliest he can return is on Dec. 5 against the Jaguars in Week 14.
“I’ll be around the guys,” Daniels said, “doing what I can to help out, getting healthy and I’ll have those fresh legs for the end of the season.”
Daniels said he agreed with the decision to put him on the IR designated to return. He thinks it gives him the time he’ll need to heal without rushing but also allowed the team to bring in another tight end; they signed Jake Byrne off the Chargers’ practice squad.
Daniels, 30, said the injury happened on his last catch against the 49ers on Sunday. He said one of his legs got landed on. It felt like a bad charley horse until the next morning, then he knew something was wrong. His last major injury came in 2009, when he tore his ACL in Week 9. That injury ended his season.
“Yeah, I mean I guess having experience with being out and handling things during the season, a period of time during the season I guess helps,” he said. “I’ve been around this for a while so I know how to handle myself and making sure that I’m in shape, ready to go, fresh, when I get a chance to come back. It kind of stinks right now but I know all the guys will get this ship righted and be in a good position when I get back so I can help out when that time comes.”
While Daniels is out, fourth-year tight end Garrett Graham will fill in as the Texans’ starter and rookie Ryan Griffin, from UConn, will have to play expanded roles.
“It’s always tough when you can’t play,” Daniels said. “You always want to help out, especially the situation that we’re in. It’s not ideal. Obviously I want to be out there helping the guys out, getting things back on track. But we’ve got plenty of other people that can do it. I know the tight end group is going to step up and continue to play well like we have been. I’ll be ready there later on in the season.”