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Duane Brown Wins Ed Block Courage Award


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You may recall that Duane Brown suffered a season-ending injury last year when he tore his quadriceps during the regular season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

He worked very hard through the recovery process in the off-season, and he returned to action during Week Five earlier this year against the Minnesota Vikings.

The Mothership is now reporting that Duane Brown has been deservedly voted as the recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award by his fellow Houston Texans.

From the write-up:

Recipients are selected by a vote of their teammates to recognize extra efforts both on and off the field and their ability to overcome great adversity.

Brown tore his quadriceps tendon in last year's regular-season finale against the Jacksonville Jaguars and was forced to undergo surgery to repair the injury in early January 2016. The nine-year NFL veteran rehabbed the surgically repaired leg for nearly nine months before returning to the field this season against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 5.

Brown, a three-time Pro Bowler, has been a dominant player on the left side of the line for the Texans since his return. The former first-round pick has helped the Texans rush for over 100 yards in eight of the last nine games. Brown also hasn’t allowed a sack this season and has been called for holding just one time. In his entire career, Brown has been called for holding just seven times in 130 total starts. Houston has had a 1,000-yard rusher in six-of-nine seasons with Brown on the team as Lamar Miller became the third different running back to do it in 2016.

“Duane had to endure a rigorous rehab to overcome such a significant injury, but he remained consistent and committed through the highs and lows of the process,” said Director of Sports Medicine/Head Athletic Trainer Geoff Kaplan. “Through his hard work, determination, perseverance and incredible work ethic, Duane has returned to his dominant form and continues to be the leader of the Texans offensive line.”

It’s simply incredible that Duane has been able to return to such a high level of performance after such a devastating injury. He’s been the leader of this offensive line for several years, and we can only hope he has many more great games ahead. Go Texans!!