Houston Texans: Tytus Howard takes a step closer back to the gridiron

Houston Texans offensive lineman Tytus Howard (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
Houston Texans offensive lineman Tytus Howard (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /

Houston Texans offensive lineman Tytus Howard took an important step in returning back to the gridiron this week after suffering an MCL injury. What’s going on?

Houston Texans fans — this team has already won five games and it looks like they’re certainly destined for more as they reach the halfway point of the season.  The team will be traveling up to London to take on the Jacksonville Jaguars, whom by any regard, won’t be an easy test.  But if their resilience holds, they’ll find a way to win as they’ve done with the exception of three times this season.

It’s anybody’s guess on how this season will turn out, considering that the division is exuding very little parity in terms of overall record.  This will likely how things shake out for the season and the team that breaks out just a little bit further than the rest will get the crown once again.

That distinction is going to belong to either the Houston Texans or the Indianapolis Colts, to which they continue to be competitive with the likes of Jacoby Brissett under center.  Now if Andrew Luck were healthy, there’s no telling where they’d be but possibly in the same boat.  But I think Brissett has done a good job of ensuring that transition of power under center was a smooth one.

But enough of the outlook, how about some good news for the Houston Texans?

Do you want me to lay it on you?

As per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Houston Texans offensive lineman Tytus Howard practiced for the first time this week since he suffered a partial tear to his MCL against the Kansas City Chiefs nearly three weeks ago.

He had been wearing a brace on the left knee that he injured; but apparently, he’s healing quicker

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than expected.

But if you think that he’ll be ready for the NFL London Games this Sunday, you’ve got another thing coming.

Wilson also reports that he was limited in practice yesterday and is doubtful to play against the Jags.

Howard has been an integral piece to the offensive line on the right side, being able to step in as a rookie lineman and make an impact.

Deshaun Watson went two weeks straight without getting sacked and Howard was a big part of that but once he and his counterpart, Laremy Tunsil, who is on the left side of the line, the pass protection deteriorated and has taken three sacks in each game for the past two weeks.  That’s still a significant reduction over the past three seasons but the goal is to ensure that Watson remains upright most of the time.

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Howard, the first-round pick out of Alabama State, has wildly exceeded expectations and should be a fixture on the line for years to come.

But he has to get healthy in order for him to make a defined impact on the team’s success.

There’s no question that he will — go Houston Texans!