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Browns schedule look ahead: Texans lose key lineman for the season

Tytus Howard helped fortify the line in front of CJ Stroud

Houston Texans v Cleveland Browns Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

When the Cleveland Browns schedule came out, many circled the Week 16 game against the Houston Texans. Not only would it be another return to Houston for QB Deshaun Watson but the Texans were expected to be a bottom-of-the-conference team in 2023.

So many things have changed since the Browns schedule was released including Watson being out for the year and Houston being a playoff contender behind rookie QB CJ Stroud. A lot could still change between now, in the middle of Week 13, and when the two teams square off in Week 16.

Losing OL Tytus Howard for the season is one of those things for the Texans:

Howard is Houston’s starting left guard next to stud OL Laremy Tunsil. Howard spent four games on injured reserve earlier in the season.

The Texans have dealt with injury issues to a number of linemen all year with five now on injured reserve:

  • Howard
  • Jarrett Patterson
  • Kendrick Green
  • DJ Scaife Jr.
  • Kilian Zierer

Houston has a few options to replace Howard including rookie second-round pick Juice Scruggs.

With Cleveland’s stellar defensive line heading to town, the Texans will need to scheme up as much help as they can to keep Stroud healthy. Losing Howard is just another blow to there playoff goals.