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The Houston Texans will place tight end Owen Daniels on injured reserve with the designation to return, meaning he will miss at least the next eight weeks, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Owens suffered a non-displaced fibula fracture late in Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers. A source had said he was likely to be sidelined four to six weeks with the injury.
Daniels is tied for the team lead in touchdowns, having caught three scoring passes. Garrett Graham, who also has three TD catches, will replace Daniels in the starting lineup.
The Texans lead the NFL in plays run using two tight ends, so Daniels’ departure could also lead to the emergence of rookie Ryan Griffin, a sixth-round draft pick this year.
Daniels, 30, has been one of the Texans’ most consistent offensive players the past two seasons, during which he’s missed only two games. He has 24 receptions for 252 yards this season. His last major injury was in 2009, when he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in Week 9.
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN.com Texans reporter Tania Ganguli contributed to this report.