Spencer Out for Season

The Texans have lost one offensive line starter for the season, and another is still day to day with an ankle injury. What is happening with the Texans offensive line?

Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse, the Texans offensive line suffers another blow.

Last Sunday, LT Charles Spencer went down in the third quarter of the Texans loss to the Colts.  It was later announced that the 6-4, 337 lb. rookie from the University of Pittsburgh had endured a fractured left tibia that was going to require surgery.

The surgery took place on Monday and reportedly went well, according to Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak.  Spencer will miss the rest of the 2006 season.

Kubiak spoke about Spencer during his weekly press conference on Monday. He commented on Spencer's recovery, saying "I don't think they'll know a whole lot about his recovery for another couple months…  It's a very, very severe injury.  We just hope things work out well."

As I'm sure Texans QB David Carr does, as well.

With Spencer out of the lineup, the Texans have entrusted T Ephraim Salaam to protect Carr's back side.  Salaam (6-7, 300) is a 9 year veteran of the NFL and started for the Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos for several years before he spent two seasons with AFC South rival Jacksonville.

The other offensive lineman that was selected in the third round of this year's draft, T Eric Winston, will have to step up now and play the swing tackle, a spot previously occupied by Salaam.

"Right now, the best thing for the team is to get Winston going," Kubiak said. "It's a tough role to ask a young player like that to be a swing guy on game day and have to know two spots, but for the future of the team, we need to do that."

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