In a year of high expectations the Texans really need everything to go right. That means production from their stars, good depth, and no injuries. The Texans suffered their first “new” injury of the season with David Quessenberry breaking his foot in practice.
The rookie offensive lineman is likely out for the season, but there’s no official word on whether he will be placed on IR yet. Quessenberry was drafted in the 6th round of this year’s draft out of San Jose State. He was expected to be the 3rd string guard for the Texans, and could also play tackle if needed. With the uncertainty regarding Wade Smith‘s health, it would have been nice for the Texans to have quality depth on the line. Ben Jones would likely have started in case of injury, but Quessenberry could have seen extra practice time.
The Texans loved what they saw from Quessenberry this preseason. His ability to play both the guard and tackle was a plus, and Quessenberry may have even seen playing time this year. Though not officially out for the season, the Texans will likely place him on the IR next week. With Antonio Smith not counting towards the roster for week 1, the Texans would have needed to cut someone next week to make room for Smith. Quessenberry’s unfortunate injury allows the Texans to keep all current players on the team if they choose to IR him following the Texans game.
From Quessenberry himself:
Sometimes these unfortunate things happen. I love this game and this team. I will be back in no time and be strong as ever.
— David Quessenberry (@DavidQberry) September 4, 2013
Quessenberry said he’s going on #Texans IR. Added “I’m gonna grind hard in the training room. Plan to pick up better than where I left off.”
— James Palmer (@JPalmerCSN) September 4, 2013
The Texans will go with Cody White as the 3rd string lineman, and they hope Quessenberry comes back even stronger in 2014.