It’s now back-to-back weeks where the Texans lost a starter to injury. A week after Owen Daniels was announced out for at least 8 weeks, the Texans announced that Danieal Manning has a significant injury and will likely be out 6-10 weeks.
Danieal Manning was having another good year for the Texans. The secondary has been a bright spot for the Texans and they have held opponents to just 131.3 passing yards per game. Manning had 21 tackles, one sack, and three pass deflections in his six games this season. For now the timetable is 6-10 weeks though Manning is still considering his options. Manning is making $4 million this year and is scheduled to make $4.5 million in 2014 before becoming a free agent in 2015.
Shiloh Keo will replace Manning in the starting lineup. Keo has played in all six games this season and started the first two games for Ed Reed. Keo played pretty well replacing Ed Reed and will be heavily relied upon for the rest of the season. Keo has 14 tackles and 1 pass deflection on the season.
Jerome Solomon (Houston Chronicle) was the first to report Manning would be out 6-8 weeks. John McClain (Houston Chronicle) piggy backed the Solomon report saying it was a hairline fracture of the fibula. Tania Ganguli (ESPN) reported after the Solomon tweet that Manning had not been told of what was his injury or his expected timetable. Ganguli acknowledged she was not refuting the Solomon report, rather just saying that Manning had no idea at the time. When the press conference came around, Kubiak said it was not a fibula injury rather a significant knee injury. On 97.5 FM, Manning acknowledged that it’s a hyperextension of the right knee and all options are currently being considered.
With Manning down for a while the Texans may be forced to bring in another safety. Reed has lost several steps, Keo isn’t a particularly good safety, D.J. Swearinger (rookie), Eddie Pleasant (backup at best), and Brandon Harris (hasn’t played much safety) aren’t great options to replace the injured Manning. For now, the Texans will wait for more news regarding Manning’s injury before making any corresponding move.