Owen Daniels will be out for at least eight weeks.
The Texans' starting tight end has been placed on Injured Reserve with designation to return.
Daniels has a non-displaced fracture in his right fibula. He suffered the injury on Sunday against the 49ers. The earliest Daniels can return is Week 14 against the Jaguars on Dec. 5. He can practice after six weeks. Teams only get one designation per year.
ESPN first reported that Daniels would be placed on IR-designated to return.
Daniels, 30, is second on the team in receptions with 24 for 252 yards and three touchdowns. In his absence, fourth-year tight end Garrett Graham will start and rookie Ryan Griffin will get more work in two-tight end sets.
The Texans have also signed Jake Byrne off the Chargers' practice squad. Byrne spent this past training camp with the Texans. He'll be behind Graham and Griffin on the roster. His familiarity with the Texans will allow him to be ready to play on Sunday if needed.