Griffin cleared; Texans back to two TEs

Griffin cleared; Texans back to two TEs
November 20, 2013, 6:45 pm
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May 20, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans tight end Ryan Griffin (84) during organized team activities at the Methodist Training Center at Reliant Stadium.

(Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports)

The Texans were without their sixth-round pick from UConn on Sunday against the Raiders and it changed their offensive gameplan.

Ryan Griffin suffered a concussion against the Cardinals and was unable to play against the Raiders. Jake Bryne was the next tight end in line but he didn’t play one offensive snap. Instead, the Texans opted for a third offensive tackle on many plays.

“Yeah, I did,” Griffin said when asked if he noticed the Texans didn’t run two tight-end sets on Sunday. “That’s why I’m ready to be back this week and ready to go, get some two tight end sets out there.”

On Wednesday, offensive coordinator Rick Dennison downplayed how big of a factor not having Griffin was.

“Like I said, we worked all week knowing that we would be limited in the tight end area,” Dennison said. “We had an extra tackle work there. We certainly had Jake (Byrne) work there. Just knowing that we couldn’t focus on that and couldn’t centralize on that, we had to be in different personnels. I don’t know that it was that dramatic of a factor.”

Griffin has been the second tight end since Owen Daniels went out with injury. In Daniels' absence, Garrett Graham and Griffin moved up and the team signed Byrne.

Griffin was cleared to return to action on Monday. He suffered the concussion on the kickoff of the second half against Arizona when he was clobbered by a Cardinal.

“I don’t remember it actually happening but it looked pretty bad on film,” Griffin said.

Griffin said this was his first concussion since high school but said this one was more serious.

“Got hit pretty good there,” Griffin said, “but went through all the protocol stuff and back ready to play and ready to help this team get a win.”