Duane Brown has been absent from Texans team activities for several months now as he continues efforts to renegotiate or extend his current contract. Although his holdout continued through training camp and the preseason, many fans figured that once regular season paychecks were on the line, Brown would report.
Nope. Well, not yet, anyway.
Brown is in Houston, assisting with the relief and recovery efforts from Harvey. He doesn’t sound like a guy who’ll be reporting in time to be Houston’s starting left tackle against the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.
"I'm not going to get into that too much," Brown said at Hutcheson Park during an event attended by his Houston-based agent, Kennard McGuire and former Texans offensive tackles Chester Pitts and Ephraim Salaam. "But I definitely plan on playing football this year."
He also claimed ignorance about whether the team had been in talks with his agent about a return.
When asked if there's been communication with the Texans, Brown replied: "I don't know. We'll see."
Kendall Lamm is expect to get the nod at left tackle with Brown absent from the team. Assuming Brown doesn’t end his holdout this week, it’s worth watching whether the stance of the Texans changes based upon what happens at NRG Stadium on September 10th. In other words, if Tom Savage is repeatedly pummeled from his blind side, will the Texans become more amenable to meeting Brown’s demands?
UPDATE: Ian Rapoport says Duane’s expected to miss this week’s game against the Jaguars “at least.”