Texans cornerback Brice McCain is the latest defensive back to go down in an already depleted secondary.
Head coach Gary Kubiak confirmed in his Monday press conference that McCain underwent surgery on Monday morning after breaking his left foot against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. He was placed on the injured reserve/designated for return list, which means he must miss six weeks and then practice for two more weeks, which means he could return for the Super Bowl.
With both Johnathan Joseph and Alan Ball out with injuries, McCain started at cornerback Sunday against the Titans when he suffered the injury.
Houston will next face the team that leads the NFL in total yards on Monday Night Football when they travel to New England. Brandon Harris, who is a second-round pick from last year, now becomes the nickel corner, and Kubiak said the Texas are "looking real hard" at cornerback options even though they might get starter Joseph back in time for Monday's game.
Kubiak said both he and Ball are progressing. Joseph ran during Monday's light practice.