Owen Daniels Out, Andre Johnson in for Texans Against Jacksonville
Daniels, the Houston Texans' Pro Bowl tight end who returned this season after missing the last half of last season with a torn ACL, has been ruled out for Sunday's game at Jacksonville because of a hamstring injury, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Friday.
"It's been a tough process (for Daniels)," Kubiak said, calling Daniels a "great kid who's worked his tail off. . . . He's doing everything he can to get back on the field."
Daniels, who has 16 receptions for 200 yards this season, made the Pro Bowl in 2008 and was on pace for career highs in receptions and yards last season before sustaining his injury. He finished last season with 40 receptions for 519 yards and five touchdowns in eight games, and after returning this season, he has missed the last two games with a hamstring injury.
Kubiak said Joel Dreessen and James Casey will again play in Daniels' place. Dreessen started last week against San Diego, with Casey catching four passes for 48 yards and Dreessen catching five passes for 67 yards.
"You saw James' confidence really grow in practice this week," Kubiak said.
Johnson, the Texans' Pro Bowl wide receiver, will play despite missing Wednesday and Thursday with an ankle injury.
"He's nicked, but he's going for this team," Kubiak said. "He'll line up."
Kubiak on Friday also said he expected newly-acquired cornerback Jason Allen to contribute quickly.
"We think this guy can play," Kubiak said. "We see him being a part of what we're doing sooner than later."