Texans' Daniels a question mark for Sunday

Leading receiver dealing with injured right hand

January 10, 2012|By Edward Lee

The Houston Texans are sure they will have the services of tight end Owen Daniels for Sunday’s AFC divisional playoff game against the Ravens. How effective he will be is another matter.

Daniels, who led the team in receptions during the regular season due to the absence of wide receiver Andre Johnson (strained hamstring), may have broken his right hand while making a catch in the second quarter of Houston’s 31-10 win against the Cincinnati Bengals Saturday evening.

But Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Daniels will play against the Ravens.

“Owen does have a hand issue,” Kubiak said Monday. “First off, it’s not going to keep him from playing. He’s fine. He’ll be back on the practice field when we get started on Wednesday. That’s nothing that’s going to hold him back. Still kind of in an evaluation process, but he went back in the game and he will be ready to go. It’s not an issue from that standpoint.”

Owens could play a critical role in the outcome of Sunday’s contest, according to former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.

“The key to this offense against Baltimore is Owen Daniels,” McNabb said, speaking on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown.” I think Owen Daniels has to have an excellent game, putting pressure on their linebackers and safeties, getting the ball out of his hands and giving them an opportunity to establish that rhythm.”

In three career meetings against the Ravens, Daniels has caught eight passes for 117 yards. He has been limited to 13 yards each in two of those games.

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