Texans' Tunsil not expected to play vs. Colts, source says

ByDJ Bien-Aime ESPN logo
Sunday, September 17, 2023

HOUSTON -- The injuries continue to mount for theTexans' offensive line.

Texans left tackle Laremy Tunsilis not expected to play in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts due to a knee injury, a source told ESPN's Adam Schefter on Saturday night.

Offensive tackle Josh Jones, acquired in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals, is expected to replace Tunsil after starting at left guard in Week 1 against the Baltimore Ravens.

If Tunsil does not play Sunday, he would become the fourth regular starter missing from Houston's offensive line. Right tackleTytus Howard(broken hand) and centerJuice Scruggs(hamstring) landed on injured reserve, and left guardKenyon Green(left shoulder) and centerScott Quessenberry(torn ACL and MCL) were placed on injured reserve in August, ending their seasons.

Tunsil, the NFL's highest-paid offensive tackle, practiced only once this week as a limited participant Thursday. The Texans used their standard elevation for offensive line depth and brought tackle Austin Deculus to the active game-day roster for insurance.

The Texans also signed interior offensive lineman Michael Deiter to the 53-man roster.

The injuries on the offensive line could cause trouble for Texans rookie quarterbackC.J. Stroud, who was listed on the injury report with a right shoulder injury.

In the Texans' 25-9 loss to the Ravens in Week 1, the No. 2 pick had a QBR of 0.3 when facing pressure as he went 3-for-9 for 16 yards with five sacks.