Texans defensive lineman Vincent Taylor is expected to miss at least six weeks to undergo ankle surgery, according to multiple media reports.
Taylor was carted off the field during the fourth quarter of Sunday's win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in their season-opener at NRG Stadium.
NFL insider Aaron Wilson reported Monday that Taylor is expected to be placed on injured reserve and miss six to eight weeks.
Head coach David Culley said Monday he is unsure how the team will address Taylor being sidelined, but the defensive line is considered one of Texans' deepest groups. Along with defensive tackle Maliek Collins in the 4-3 system, the Texans will rely more on Ross Blacklock, Demarcus Walker and rookie Roy Lopez inside.
"This is a tough one because we've talked about the defensive line be a strong part of this football team," former NFL quarterback and afternoon host Clint Stoerner said. "We watched them week one be the reason why the defense was able to generate three turnovers and the reason why the defense was able to really able to hold off Jacksonville and not give them too many opportunities down the stretch here once the team got the lead.
"I think it starts with the defensive front and (Taylor) was definitely a starter, definitely one of the guys up front that this team was going to lean on. And when you talk about interior defensive linemen that are difference makers, I think he'd proven to be one of those."
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