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Houston (CBS Houston)- Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak addressed the media Wednesday and said that Texans tight end Owen Daniels will “miss some time” due to a non-displaced fibula.

“The short-term IR is a possibility of that happening, it’s something being talked about,” Kubiak updated.

When asked if Daniels was put on IR or short-term IR Kubiak responded, “I wouldn’t even know, I’m focused on practice right now.”

Texans officially announced Wednesday afternoon that Daniels has been placed on injured reserve/designated to return list.

Kubiak updated the current status of the tight end position confirming that Garrett Graham will be the starter on Sunday against the St. Louis Rams.

“Garrett plays a lot for us anyway, like a starter, so he becomes our starter,” Kubiak said. “Our young guy (Ryan) Griffin will play a lot and we went and got (Jake) Byrne back on our roster.”

Griffin is a rookie for the squad and Kubiak thinks he’s a talented guy who has his number called.

“He’s a very talented young man, he’s smart and we have confidence as a player,” Kubiak said. “His role will increase on mostly special teams. He and Garrett can go into a two tight end system. But it’s time for him to grow up real quick.”

This isn’t the first time that newly signed tight end Jake Byrne has been apart of the Texans’ roster. Last year he was on the practice squad and cut this preseason. During a 4 game run he caught 2 passes for 16 yards.

Kubiak finished saying that Owen Daniels absence will be felt but as a team you have to move forward.

“We’ll miss O.D., he’s a big part of what we do offensively,” Kubiak said. “That’s part of football and we’ll work through it.”

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