Per John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans may be without their starting left tackle when they head to Charlotte to take on the Carolina Panthers.
A thumb injury sustained in the preseason has been nagging Pro Bowl tackle Duane Brown and although he played in Week 1, it appears he may have re-agravated it during the season opener.
As for his potential replacement, Houston traded for Clark during the preseason. The 29-year old tackle has 27 starts under his belt which should give Mallett some comfort as he makes his first start of the season behind a banged up offensive line.
The injury bug has also hit the interior of the line as guard Jeff Adams is hurting with an abdominal injury. Adams started the last game due to an injury as well as second year guard Xavier Su’a-Filo continues to nurse a calf injury which caused him to miss the whole preseason and looks to continue to keep him sidelined this week as well.