With turf toe, Brown’s status uncertain

With turf toe, Brown’s status uncertain
September 17, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Duane Brown talks about his injury on STL

Duane Brown’s status is uncertain as the Texans head into their Week 3 game against the Ravens. He’s suffering from turf toe.

Brown is wearing a walking boot on his right foot and will for a day or two. He isn't sure if he'll practice this week.

"That's what it looks like right now," Brown said on CSN's SportsTalk Live about being a game-time decision. "We have practice tomorrow, Thursday and Friday. We'll just see, man. I really can't tell you how it's gonna work out. I'd love to be out there at Baltimore this weekend. But I really don't know right now."

Brown said turf toe is an injury he needs to be careful to not re-injure.

"I need to be smart with it," Brown said after his television appearance. "I'm not trying to rush back but I want to get back as soon as possible."

Brown played in 78 of 82 snaps on Sunday. After left guard Wade Smith rolled into his right foot, Brown missed just four snaps. He had his foot taped and returned for the rest of the game. He said when it first happened, his ankle hurt but that pain eventually subsided. He said his adrenaline helped him get through the game.

"Doing pretty good," Brown said on STL. "Had a bit of a scare. Had someone fall on me. Injured my right big toe. It's a pretty bad case of turf toe. Just taking it one day at at time, see how it heals by the end of the week."

Brown has started all 16 games in four of his five NFL seasons. He missed four games in 2010 after violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs.

If Brown isn’t able to play on Sunday against the Ravens in Baltimore, swing tackle Ryan Harris would be the next guy up. Harris was re-signed with the Texans on a one-year deal this offseason and brings plenty of experience. He has started 36 games since entering the league in 2007.

"I'm very comfortable with (Harris)," Brown said. "Ryan is a veteran. He's played in a lot of games, a lot of big games before. He's very capable."

Brown, 28, is considered to be one of the best left tackles in the NFL. He went to his first Pro Bowl last season and was first-team All Pro.

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