Brisiel, a fifth-year veteran, continued to play on the injured leg throughout the game but underwent surgery to repair it Monday morning. At this time, he is not expected to go on injured reserve and is not considered to be done for the season. The break is said to be similar to the fibula injury Texans safety Danieal Manning suffered during Week 7 of the season.
Coach Gary Kubiak says Brisiel will be out three to four weeks.
Third-year guard Antoine Caldwell will start for Brisiel on Sunday when the Texans face the Panthers at Reliant Stadium. Caldwell started in seven games for the Texans in 2010.
Brisiel has been a key component of the offensive line’s success, which can be measured by how well the Texans running game has been during the last two seasons. He could possibly return to the field sometime during the playoffs.
Despite the severity of the injury, Brisiel outlasted the pain during the game that ultimately yielded the Texans’ first playoff berth in franchise history. This is yet another example of how the Texans have overcome injuries.
Brisiel was placed on IR on Dec. 15, 2010 with a calf injury and missed 11 games in 2009 with a lisfranc fracture in his foot.