Texans G Brisiel has surgery; waive WR Mason

This is a 2010 photo of Mike Brisiel of the Houston Texans NFL football team. This image reflects the Houston Texans active roster as of Sunday, May 16, 2010 when this image was taken. (AP Photo)

December 12, 2011 5:02:36 PM PST
Texans guard Mike Brisiel has undergone surgery Monday to repair a broken right leg, and coach Gary Kubiak is hoping he'll be back in three to four weeks.

Houston also waived veteran receiver Derrick Mason.

The Texans (10-3) signed the 37-year-old Mason in mid-October, after Andre Johnson went down with a right hamstring injury. Mason caught six passes for 55 yards in seven games. Johnson sat out Sunday's win in Cincinnati with a strained left hamstring, but Kubiak is hoping Johnson will return for Sunday's game against Carolina (4-9).

The 6-foot-5, 300-pound Brisiel started all 13 games at right guard for the Texans. Antoine Caldwell will start Sunday's game.