As if the hand of fate were hovering over the Houston Texans, breaking news indicates that OT Rashad Butler will be out for the rest of the season. Butler, who is in his fifth year with the Texans, ruptured his triceps during practice on Wednesday. He was placed on injured reserve where he will remain for the rest of the season.
OT Andrew Gardner, who was placed on the teams practice squad, was called up to take the place of Butler. C/G Cody Wallace was signed to the practice squad.
Gardner will have to get up to speed very quickly as he will be suiting up this Sunday as the Texans visit the New Orleans Saints.
This news is particularly disturbing because Butler was the backup tackle for both the left and right side. Finding a replacement for him will be of utmost importance for the Texans.
Currently there are a few free-agents still available who can play both sides of the QB on the O-line. Among those are players such as: Max Starks, Langston Walker, Kevin Shaffer, Allen Barbre, and Mike Williams. Should the Texans decide to pursue experience over youth these would be some of the best available options for the team.