Texans Rumors: LT Duane Brown back with team
If reports are true the Houston Texans and their fans received a bit of good news on Monday morning, as offensive lineman Duane Brown has ended his holdout and is back with the team, according to tweets via NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
#Texans LT Duane Brown is back with the team, source said. His holdout is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2017
Rapoport went on to tweet that “barring anything unforeseen” Duane Brown will not be traded and he will play out the final 10 games of the 2017 season with the Texans.
In another report on Brown by John McClain of The Houston Chronicle, now that Brown has reported to the team, the Texans are able to place him on a “2 week roster exemption.”
This would afford Brown additional time to get game-ready and he would not count toward the club’s 53-man roster until he is activated from said exemption list. That being said, if Brown is ready to go and Bill O’Brien and the Texans decide they’re comfortable rolling with him as the starting left tackle in Week 8, then he can play right away.
The Texans and Duane Brown have been at odds over his contract situation with the team. Though it was starting to feel like the exploration of trade options might be the only solution for the two sides, Monday’s development is a sign that Brown will be staying put for the time being, though he still could be traded.
When healthy, Brown is one of the top left tackles in all of the National Football League. Taking part in what will be the 10th season of his NFL career once he is ready to play, the 32-year-old has started all 132 games that he has played in since being drafted in the first round of the 2008 NFL Draft by Houston.
The Texans have managed to secure three wins without the services of Duane Brown thus far in ’17, good for a record of 3-3 on the season. With the ascension of rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson, adding Brown back into the mix along the offensive line is big for the offense going forward.