The Houston Texans have been dodging one bullet after another in regards to injuries this summer. On Wednesday, another player bit the dust, as linebacker Keyaron Fox, who was acquired by the team on July 26, went down with a knee injury.
It was announced on Thursday that the 6-3, 235-pound linebacker would be done for the year.
Fox, a former third-round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in 2004, made 10 tackles and played in 13 games for the Washington Redskins last season. If he had made the Texans’ final roster, it was expected that he would presume the same position he had previously with the Pittsburgh Steelers as a key contributor on special teams.
Now Fox has been replaced with another veteran linebacker who also weighs 235 pounds.
Omar Gaither, a former fifth-round selection (168th overall in 2006) enters his seventh season in the league and has signed a deal with his third team, the Texans, according to Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle.
In five seasons, Gaither, 28, has collected 320 total tackles, 18 passes defensed, six sacks, two interceptions and a pair of forced fumbles with the Philadelphia Eagles (2006-10) and Carolina Panthers (2011).
Thus far this summer, Houston has survived close calls with wide receiver Andre Johnson, left tackle Duane Brown, defensive end J.J. Watt and cornerback Kareem Jackson, who have all missed some time away from practice with minor injuries.
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