O'Brien Expects Howard to be ready for Week 1

Rookie not expected back this week

August 19, 2019 - 5:01 pm

HOUSTON (SPORTSRADIO 610) – Tytus Howard will be ready to play in Week 1 of the NFL regular season despite a hand injury sustained in the win against Detroit on Saturday.

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“Yeah.” Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien answered when asked if Howard would play in the regular season opener.

When Howard returns to the practice field is a mystery.  According to his coach, he will play against New Orleans, but don’t expect to see him this week.

O’Brien was asked about the availability of Howard and Matt Kalil on Monday, and when asked if Howard could return to practice this week, or play against Dallas, O’Brien said, “I don’t think Tytus will.”

Howard’s broken finger isn’t ideal.  It’s never ideal for any player to sustain an injury, but especially for a rookie getting ready to make his NFL regular season debut.  Still, the Texans have high hopes for their 2019 first round pick, but also understand that they need to be patient.

“Now, remember, the other thing about Tytus, he's a rookie and he's really only played offense line for whatever it is – three years, I think it is,” O’Brien said.  “So, he's learning every day, but he's going to be a really good player.”