The Houston Texans really need left tackle Duane Brown with Chris Clark expected to miss time.
Houston Texans’ starting left tackle Duane Brown came back at just the right time after missing the first six games of the season due to a contract dispute with the organization.
Now let’s give Chris Clark some credit, he did a nice job of holding things down at left tackle. But he’s now expected to miss one or two weeks with a calf injury, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Now of course it isn’t certain that Brown will make his 2017 debut this Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. The Texans have a two week window to activate him and make room on their 53-man roster by releasing another player.
The good news is that Brown is healthy and is in good shape. He says he is ready to go.
"“Very ready,” Brown said. “This is my 10th year doing this. I’m very familiar with what I need to do to be out there and be productive and be efficeint. I’m in shape, so just getting caught up and up to speed on the plays and terminlogy and I’ll be good. I’ll be ready.”"
While Brown has been fined by the Texans for holding out and skipping training camp and practices, they could decide to not make him pay that money. But when it comes to the money he missed out on for every game he skipped, he won’t be able to get that back.
When you add up the fines and all of the game checks that Brown has missed out on, he’s over $5 million in the red. When it comes to his salary, he’s lost around $3.3 million that he won’t be able to recover.
I understand why Brown held out, but there was no way the Texans were going to give him more money. They had all of the leverage. If I was owner Bob McNair, I would require him to pay the fines that he owes as well.
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