The Texans’ well-paid left tackle is set to miss close to a month of football.
Houston coach David Culley told reporters Wednesday that Laremy Tunsil will undergo surgery on his injured thumb, per the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. The team hopes to welcome Tunsil back to action in four weeks, Culley said.
Tunsil injured the thumb during Sunday’s loss to New England. Earlier this week, it appeared as if he was going to try to play through the injury, but Tunsil and the team apparently decided immediate surgery would be the best course.
Tunsil signed a three-year, $66 million extension with the Texans in April of 2020. He arrived in Houston via a trade with the Miami Dolphins in August of 2019.
Geron Christian replaced Tunsil on Sunday, playing 31 snaps and earning respectable marks from Pro Football Focus, which gave him a 69.7 overall grade for his performance, including a stellar 88.2 pass-blocking grade.
Christian has spent the majority of his career as a backup capable of replacing usual starters when necessary. Christian appeared in 16 games in 2019 with Washington and started in six games in 2020 before moving to Houston this offseason.
The one-win Texans face the division-rival Colts in Week 6 in a battle of 1-4 teams. Houston will hope Christian can provide rookie Davis Mills with adequate protection against a Colts team that is looking to start its climb out of an early season hole with a win over the Texans.
Culley added that injured QB Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) won’t be available this week, but that he’ll reclaim his starting job when he does return.
- Tennessee Titans safety Amani Hooker has been designated to return from injured reserve.
- Arizona Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury said center Rodney Hudson (ribs) will not play this week versus the Browns. The Cards placed tight end Maxx Williams and linebacker Ezekiel Turner on IR.
- The Washington Football Team placed cornerback Darryl Roberts on IR.
- The Baltimore Ravens activated linebacker Jaylon Ferguson off the reserve/COVID-19 list.
- The Cincinnati Bengals designated defensive end Khalid Kareem to return from IR.
- Cleveland Browns running back Nick Chubb (calf), defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, knee), offensive lineman Jack Conklin (knee), defensive end Myles Garrett (knee, ankle), running back Kareem Hunt (wrist, knee), defensive lineman Takkarist McKinley (ankle, knee), tight end David Njoku (knee), linebacker Malcolm Smith (abdomen) and center JC Tretter (knee) will not practice. The team said wide receiver Jarvis Landry, who’s been sidelined since Week 3 by a knee injury, will run Wednesday but is not ready to be designated to return from IR.
- Kansas City Chiefs coach Andy Reid said defensive end Chris Jones (wrist), linebacker Anthony Hitchens (knee), wide receiver Tyreek Hill (quad), cornerback Charvarius Ward (quad), guard Joe Thuney (hand) and tight end Blake Bell (back) will not practice today.
- The Chicago Bears placed linebacker Jeremiah Attaochu and offensive lineman Germain Ifedi on IR. Quarterback Justin Fields, who’s nursing a knee injury, told reporters he’ll “be good by Sunday.”
- The Pittsburgh Steelers signed cornerback Linden Stephens to the practice squad.
- The Tennessee Titans signed linebacker Avery Williamson to the active roster and linebacker Dylan Cole and defensive lineman Kyle Peko to the practice squad.
- The Arizona Cardinals signed safety James Wiggins to the active roster.
- The Washington Football Team signed cornerback Corn Elder.
- The Chicago Bears signed running back Ryan Nall and linebacker Sam Kamara to the active roster and linebacker Ledarius Mack, offensive lineman Dareuan Parker and linebacker Rashad Smith to the practice squad.
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