Analyzing Houston Texans offensive line after injuries
By Jair Lopez
The Houston Texans have dealt with several injuries that have changed the structure of their offensive line moving into Week 7.
The Houston Texans have made several moves to address their injuries at the offensive line. Texans recently signed offensive tackles Chris Clark as a free agent and Dan Skipper from the New England Patriots practice squad to their active roster.
Seantrel Henderson was placed on the Non-Football Injury List, and quarterback Alex McGough was waived to create room for Skipper and Clark. Texans have dealt with Henderson, Greg Mancz, and Tytus Howard missing time due to injury
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Texans will be moving forward with Laremy Tunsil at left tackle, Max Scharping at left guard, Nick Martin at center, Zach Fulton at right guard, and Roderick Johnson at right tackle. Depending on how Mancz progresses from his concussion, he could miss the third consecutive for the Texans. Clark and Skipper could be active for this upcoming against the Indianapolis Colts.
Texans have done their due diligence and signed offensive tackle Kyle Murphy to their practice squad after releasing center Marcus Henry. Houston has three tackles in the practice squad with Rick Leonard, Elijah Nkansah, and Murphy moving forward.
It will be interesting to see how the offensive line gels after having Howard as the right tackle for the last four games. Johnson has been one of the most impressive players coming out of training camp and preseason but took a back seat to Tunsil and Howard.
Johnson will have the opportunity to earn his second start after his steady performance against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. The Texans were capable of executing their offense when Howard left in the second half against the Kansas City Chiefs with Johnson at right tackle.
Although Johnson will have to prove that he can be the solution at right tackle moving forward while Howard recovers from his knee injury.