Tag:Gary Kubiak
Posted on: September 12, 2010 11:23 pm

Connor Barwin out for year with dislocated ankle

Posted by Will Brinson

The Houston Texans picked up a monster victory on Sunday when the beat the Indianapolis Colts at home, but it came at a cost, as they appear to have lost defensive end Connor Barwin for the duration.

Barwin, a second-round draft pick in 2009, got tangled up with teammate Antonio Smith while chasing Joseph Addai during the first quarter and was carted off. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports that he's out for the season.

“We got tangled up in the mix of things, and I think he was trying to plant to go back out (to make a play),” Smith said. “His leg was under me, and I fell on it. I heard him scream as soon as I fell. When I turned around and looked, well, I never want to see that again.”

It wasn't a pretty scene, and it's going to make things more difficult for an impressive Texans defense.“That’s a tough loss,” coach Gary Kubiak said. “He’s a fine young player doing some great things for us.

“They’re trying to get the pain under control right now. Obviously, we’ll have to fix (surgery) it, but I don’t know when.”

Coupled with Ben Tate's season-ending injury in the preseason, that's two pretty significant blows to Houston early in the season.

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 10:16 am

Texans trim roster

Posted by Andy Benoit

Kudos to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. He reported all of the players the Texans have decided to cut but are yet to fully announce.

The team’s most notable moves Friday were releasing cornerback Jacques Reeves and kicker Kris Brown, and placing wide receiver Andre Davis on Injured Reserve.

Regarding the other moves, McClain writes:

Placed on waivers were fullback Jack Corcoran, tight end Derek Fine, linebacker Isaiah Greenhouse, center Brett Helms, offensive tackle Steve Maneri, cornerback Mark Parson, linebacker Will Patterson, offensive tackle Cole Pemberton, safety Nicholas Polk, defensive tackle DelJuan Robinson, defensive tackle Malcolm Sheppard, offensive tackle Adam Stenavich, receiver Derrick Townsel, defensive tackle Mitch Unrein, center Chris White, receiver Bobby Williams and safety Torri Williams.

The Texans also placed tight end Anthony Hill on PUP (knee).

Also from McClain’s article, an explanation about the decision to go with Neil Rackers over Kris Brown at kicker:

Kubiak and general manager Rick Smith got started early Friday. Their day began at 5 a.m. when they went over the roster and made their decisions.

The most difficult part was telling Brown they were keeping Rackers over him.

“That’s the toughest thing I’ve ever done,” Kubiak said. “It was miserable.

“The deciding factor was the kickoffs. I really like what Neil does from that standpoint. I think he drives the ball. It was a tough, tough call.”

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Posted on: August 31, 2010 12:03 am

Owen Daniels 'officially' returns to Texans

Posted by Will Brinson

The Texans and coach Gary Kubiak announced recently that Owen Daniels would be ready to play at the start of Houston's season .

In all the "WOOO DRAFTED HIM LATE IN FANTASY!" optimism, we forget that he had to actually take a physical. Good news again: he passed and started practicing on Monday.

I felt good," Daniels said. "I was gassed, that's for sure. It's a lot different than just running sprints and catching passes and sprinting up the field. We work on that play clock, that's good, in terms of simulating what it's going to be like in the game. My knee felt really good, but my lungs were hurting."

However, just because he's healthy doesn't mean he'll get any reps against the Bucs in Houston's last preseason game.

"We know what type of player he is," Kubiak said of the 2008 Pro Bowler. "We don't risk that. We get him healthy and get him ready to go. We've got a long way to go."

I like that move -- would anything be worse than Daniels, who's returning from a brutal ACL injury, getting hurt again ... before the season starts? I think not, and I would be that Kubiak agrees with me, which is why you'll apparently see him get 15-20 snaps during the Colts in Week 1. Which, um, isn't as awesome for fantasy as we thought.

But it doesn't make his return any less impressive.

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Posted on: August 25, 2010 5:41 pm

Daniels cleared to play for Texans

Posted by Will Brinson

Used to be a time (I vaguely recall something about walking miles uphill in the snow) when a man tore an ACL, a man stayed down for more than a couple months. That time is no longer now -- following on heels of Wes Welker's absolutely amazing recovery , Owen Daniels is back as well.

So sayeth the Houston Texans' website , where we find out that Gary Kubiak got the good news from Dr. James Andrews while running practice.

"Owen's been cleared; totally healthy," Kubiak said on Wednesday. "I was out on the practice field during special teams and he called (head athletic trainer Geoff Kaplan) and we talked to Dr. Andrews, and boy, he's fired up. It's great for our team."

Indeed it is -- especially when you consider how nice a morale boost it has to be for a team that just lost rookie Ben Tate for the season.

Daniels, by the way, was on pace for an absolutely monster season in 2009, when he blew out his knee in the eighth game of the year: project his 519 yards, five TDs and 40 receptions across a full season, and you have the makings of a top five tight end season , pretty comfortably.

"He's a fine player," Kubiak said. "He's a good young man. He's what we stand for as a team, and for our players to see what he's been through and then to see how disappointing it was for him to have a setback and now he's still going to be there opening day, (that) just tells you a lot about what he's all about.

"No kid's worked harder to get back."

Welker might have an argument with that, but Daniels' recovery is still pretty darn impressive.

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Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2010 6:27 pm

Tate requires surgery, done for the year?

Posted by Will Brinson

Ben Tate suffered a nasty ankle injury during the Texans Saturday, and there were rumors late in the evening that the injury could force Tate, the highest running back ever taken by the franchise, to miss his entire rookie year.

According to the Texans' website, Tate will indeed have surgery, and it could happen as early as Tuesday.

Coach Gary Kubiak told reporters that he would know more details relating to Tate's injury come Monday, but he called it "very significant."

It certainly sounds like Tate could miss all of 2010, and that, as mentioned last night, is highly problematic for a Texans team that really wanted to establish a better running game in the coming year.

Steve Slaton and Arian Foster can still provide some punch, but Tate was believed to be "the guy" who could really take the Texans' offense to another level. If his injury is as serious as it sounds, clearly, he won't be, at least this year.

Update (6:26): Nightmare for the Texans, if the Houston Chronicle 's report is correct, because Tate is headed to injured reserve, and will miss the entire season.

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