The Texans have decided against keeping Duane Brown on the PUP list to open the season, as Mark Berman of FOX 26 tweets. In related news, the Texans are expected to activate J.J. Watt, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle tweets. The defensive lineman has made a speedy recovery from surgery to repair a herniated disk.
Watt, 27, has never missed a regular season game in his five-year career. It sounds like that streak will stay alive, at lesat for now. In each of the last four seasons, Watt has earned Pro Bowl and First-Team All-Pro selections, solidifying himself as one of the most terrifying defensive players in the league.
Last year, Brown graded out as the 16th best tackle in the NFL out of 77 qualified players. Brown earned a strong 86.0 grade for his pass blocking with a less impressive 70.4 score for run blocking. By leaving him off the PUP list, the Texans are leaving open the possibility that Brown may be ready before Week 7. However, he will not be in the lineup Week 1.
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