The Texans have lost yet another member of the front seven. This time, it’s defensive end Christian Covington. His season is over thanks to a torn bicep, coach Bill O’Brien told reporters on Monday morning (Twitter link).
Covington, originally slated to be a backup, was thrust into the starting lineup when the Texans lost multiple starters to injury. Houston will now have to dig even deeper after losing defensive end J.J. Watt and outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to long-term injuries. Defensive ends Kendall Langford (knee) and Joel Heath (knee), meanwhile, are still on the mend.
Covington appeared in seven games for the Texans this year, including two starts. He finishes out with 16 tackles and one sack. In his small sample of play (166 snaps), Pro Football Focus gave him an 82.2 overall score, putting him the top 30 for interior defenders.
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