Houston (CBS Houston)– Another roster move for Sunday as the Texans take on the Kansas City Chiefs.
Houston Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips announced Thursday that rookie D.J. Swearinger will start over Shiloh Keo at strong safety due to Danieal Manning’s season ending injury.
“D.J. will start and play and Shiloh (Keo) will play in our dime stuff,” Phillips said. “Shiloh’s basically a free safety and D.J.’s a strong safety, so D.J.’s taking his (Manning’s) place.”
The Texans placed Manning on injured reserve Wednesday due to a broken leg and many assumed that Keo would join veteran Ed Reed at safety.
Swearinger had an impressive training camp but has been limited with 11 tackles in his rookie season. But it’s his defensive coordinator that likes what he’s sees from him on the field.
“He plays fast,” Phillips said. “He’s a quick learner and he makes mistakes but he corrects them. Whenever he’s in the game or at practice, he’s really gotten better and I think he’s ready to play.”
Swearinger being named as the starter at strong safety will be a bit overshadowed Sunday as the Texans also announced Thursday that Case Keenum will get his first NFL start at Arrowhead Stadium.
Coach Phillips said that Keenum reminds him of one of his former quarterbacks.
“I think everyone has confidence in him, I know that,” Phillips said. “It reminds me a little bit of the Tony Romo story, hopefully it ends up that way. He’s (Keenum) got some moxie, that’s what Romo has. Besides him being a talent.”
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