Daniels has fracture, out 4-6 weeks

Daniels has fracture, out 4-6 weeks
October 8, 2013, 10:30 am
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(US Presswire)

The Texans didn't just lose a game on Sunday, they lost their starting tight end too.

Owen Daniels has a non-displaced fibula fracture that will likely keep him out for four to six weeks, a league source confirmed to CSNHouston on Tuesday morning.

It's a big blow for the team.

On Monday, head coach Gary Kubiak said the injury happened on one of Daniels' later catches. Basically, it's a crack in the bone. It doesn't require surgery but it will need time to heal.

ESPN's Tania Ganguli first reported the severity of the injury.

Daniels had six catches for 60 yards on Sunday and is the team's second leading receiver with 24 catches on the season. He also has three touchdown catches, tied for the team lead.

In his place, fourth-year player Garrett Graham will be the starter. Graham has caught 15 balls for 141 yards this season, already more than halfway to his highest career numbers from last season. He also has three touchdown catches.

Rookie Ryan Griffin will also get more playing time in the team's two-tight end set, which they use quite often. Griffin is a sixth-rounder out of UConn. Kubiak has said he's been impressed with the rookie but with Daniels and Graham in front of him, the snaps were limited. They won't be anymore.