Texans coach Gary Kubiak says tight end Owen Daniels was ''very limited' in practice with a back injury on Friday and could miss Sunday's game in Chicago.
Daniels, Houston's second-leading receiver, sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday. Kubiak says he'll be a ''game-time decision'' when the Texans (7-1) play the Bears (7-1) on Sunday night.
Daniels leads the Texans with five TD receptions and ranks second in receptions (37) behind Andre Johnson. If Daniels can't play, Kubiak says ''it affects us a great deal,'' because of how much he relies on tight ends in his offense.
Downer, no? Let me top that worry with some sprinkles of sadness:
In fairness, the news that Cody and Tate won't play does not come as a surprise. But the idea of no Owen Daniels? That's big, particularly because the Bears' Cover 2 is prime for the sort of underneath work at which OD excels. If OD can't go, Garrett Graham and James Casey are going to have to step up in a colossal way.
Does the possibility of an Owen Danielsless Sunday night affect your confidence in the Texans this week?