(SportsRadio 610) - Texans second-year pro and former No. 3 draft pick Derek Stingley Jr. suffered a hamstring injury during Wednesday’s practice, KPRC 2's Aaron Wilson reported Thursday. The former LSU Tiger was placed on the injured-reserve Friday.
Stingley has to miss at least four games, which makes him eligible to return for the week seven game against the Carolina Panthers.
The Texans signed veteran cornerback Shaquill Griffin during the offseason and he is slated to replace Stingley in the lineup.
A former Pro Bowl cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks, Griffin has played sparingly thus far this season.
It’s another significant blow to a defense that has already been without safeties Jimmie Ward and Jalen Pitre. The Texans have also recently lost nickel cornerback Tavierre Thomas to a broken hand and back up safety Eric Murray remains in concussion protocol after leaving the game against the Colts this past Sunday.
While the 10-year vet, Ward, is trending toward a return this Sunday against Jacksonville, he was still a limited participant in workouts on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, Pitre who suffered a bruised lung in their week one loss against the Ravens, has not practiced since and Murray, while he did practice Wednesday, still has to clear concussion protocol this week.
As for Stingley, who missed the final eight games of the 2022 season with thigh and hamstring injuries, this is only the latest in a long string of issues the 22-year old has fought through.. He's dealt with ankle, hamstring and thigh injuries, including a foot injury that required Lisfranc surgery in 2021.