HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610) -- Texans linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis is on the injured reserve with a hamstring injury after missing the season-opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Pierre-Louis, who projected to start as the strong side linebacker for Houston, has not practiced the past couple of weeks, and also missed some time during the preseason with a concussion. The injured reserve will keep him out for at least three games.
Without Pierre-Louis, who signed a two-year deal worth up to $8 million this offseason, the Texans are relying more on Kamu Grugier-Hill to fill that role.
The Texans are listing Pierre-Louis injury as a thigh, but NFL insider Aaron Wilson reports it's a hamstring issue.
In other roster moves, the Texans welcomed back right tackle Charlie Heck from the reserve COVID-19 list. Heck started at right tackle in the preseason, but the veteran Marcus Cannon started in his place against Jacksonville with Geron Christian Sr. seeing snaps as well.
Whether Heck plays Sunday against the Cleveland Browns depends on his readiness, compared to Cannon, whose snaps were limited due to his recovery from arthroscopic knee surgery.
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