Texans pregame: Tuggle, Jones to start

Texans pregame: Tuggle, Jones to start
August 17, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Ben Jones made his first NFL start on Oct. 21 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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Justin Tuggle will start for Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) at outside linebacker and Ben Jones will start for Wade Smith (knee) at left guard against the Dolphins on Saturday night.

Tuggle, who is relatively new to the linebacker position, has been working with the first team in the absence of Mercilus. Jones was expected to start but rookie David Quessenberry will also get plenty of reps at left guard.

Also not playing are: Tim Dobbins (shoulder), Brennan Williams (knee), Alan Bonner (hamstring) and Chris Jones (calf).

Arian Foster (back), Ed Reed (hip) and DeVier Posey (Achilles) are all still on the PUP and obviously won't play.