Texans place Williams on Active/PUP list

Texans place Williams on Active/PUP list
July 23, 2013, 4:15 pm
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The Texans have placed rookie offensive tackle Brennan Williams on the Active/PUP list.

Williams was the Texans' third-round pick out of North Carolina. He was supposed to challenge incumbent Derek Newton for the starting right tackle spot. This all but completely ends his chances of winning the starting job.

Williams hurt his knee early this spring during rookie camp, needed to get a cleanout and missed most of the team's practices.

The 6-6, 318-pound tackle previously said he expected to be ready for training camp, but he isn't yet. The first full practice of training camp is on Friday.

On Tuesday, the team also officially announced Williams' and D.J. Swearinger's signings.

The PUP list Williams has been placed on isn't the same PUP list that requires players sit out for the first six weeks of the season. The Active/PUP list means that a player has an injury that prevents them from starting training camp.

Williams will count toward the 90-man roster but will not be able to practice with the team. He is allowed to rehab and go to team meetings. A player must be placed on the Active/PUP before training camp starts but can be removed at any time during camp. If he isn't ready to go by the end of camp, he would go on the Reserve/PUP list, which means he would not be eligible for the first six weeks of the season.

Newton stands as the favorite to win the right tackle job, provided he's healthy after an offseason knee surgery of his own. He was the starter last season and showed some promise in a season that was hampered by injury.

The Texans also have veteran Ryan Harris, who came back on a one-year deal, and rookie sixth-rounder David Quessenberry as backups.

The Texans' other third-round pick, OLB Sam Montgomery, was placed on the Non-Football Injury list on Monday.