Houston Texans: Laremy Tunsil could be limited despite injury status

Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsil could be limited despite his injury status that has been given by the team. What’s the latest? Let’s check it out.

With the Houston Texans first win of the season under their belt, they can rest easy knowing that they won’t be started the season going o-fer early.  Although it’s typically a sign that the team would not make the postseason by losing their first two games, the Houston Texans were able to buck that trend by climbing out of a 0-3 hole to win nine straight, win the division along with a playoff berth.

I think that they’re off to a much better start this season and if they play their cards right, they’ll likely have another division title to boast about.  But that’s not enough — they need to look at winning a playoff game — preferably two — to consider this season a success.

With all of the challenges that the AFC possesses, it won’t be easy for this team to make inroads on that notion but they can sure as hell try.

There are a few holes on this team but our franchise quarterback in Deshaun Watson does well in making sure that they’re plugged up with his effectiveness to go out and make big plays.  I just hope he continues to be smart with his body and not sacrifice it for the sake of doing just that.

The acquisition of Laremy Tunsil is supposed to help with the protection of Watson’s left side and although Tunsil has struggled at times, he still is a terrific pickup by the Houston Texans from the Miami Dolphins.

However, unfortunately, Tunsil injured his ankle in the second half of last week’s bout of the

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Jacksonville Jaguars, causing him to head to the locker room for evaluation.  He was noticeably limping but returned back to the game later on.

The Houston Texans have officially listed him as questionable but I think he could be limited in his lateral movements if his ankle is an issue.  Gus Bradley is going to send some edge rushers Tunsil’s way to test to see if that ankle could hold up and we can only hope that he’s effective enough to help keep Watson upright.

Pro Football Focus had Tunsil at a 57.3 offensive, 76.5 pass block and 50.7 run block grade against the Jags this past Sunday, definitely indicating that the ankle did slow him quite a bit.  He still did a solid job of protecting Watson and with as critical as things are to doing that, that’s all we can ask of him until he’s 100 percent with that ankle.

I’m hoping that Tunsil continues to mesh with his new teammates and I full faith that he’s going to be our star offensive lineman for years to come as soon as he hits his stride.

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But you will definitely want to keep your eye on him this Sunday to see how well he’s able to help keep the Chargers’ pass rush, ranked 12th by PFF with a 70.0 grade, at bay.

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