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Danieal Manning Fractures Leg; Out 4-10 Weeks

Perhaps the lone stain upon your Houston Texans' glorious thrashing of Bud Adams' team this afternoon was the injury to Danieal Manning. After he picked off Matt Hasselbeck in the second quarter, Manning went down, limped off the field, went to the locker room via cart, and then appeared on the sidelines on crutches. Although he'll have an MRI tomorrow, the early word is that Manning fractured his leg and could miss anywhere from 4-10 weeks.

This is a gigantic loss. Manning was playing very, very well, and there's a substantial drop-off from Danieal Manning to Troy Nolan or Shiloh Keo. Some quotes from Manning and Gary Kubiak after the jump.

"My gut feeling is that I’ll be back," said Manning, who was on crutches. "There’s a crack in it. They tell me I have a few options."

"I was focused on the ball, so I don’t really know what happened," Manning said. "I didn’t feel any pain until I tried to get up, and I thought, ‘Oh, man.’"

"There’s still a chance he can be back this year," coach Gary Kubiak said. "We’re evaluating it right now. We’re going to have to make some decisions in the next day or so. It’ll be assessed over the next 24 hours."

If there's anything that can take some of the sweetness out of a 41-7 win on the road against a divisional foe, this would be it.

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