Houston (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans used their second round pick in the NFL Draft on Notre Dame Center Nick Martin. Many dubbed Martin the center for the next ten years for the Texans. Martin proved that he could fit in quickly, taking most of the first-team reps during training camp until sidelined with some back issues.
When he returned to practice after missing the first preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers it was short lived relief for the offensive line. Martin was hurt when running back Kenny Hillard rolled over his leg during a joint practice with the Saints. Texans coach Bill O’Brien said after the injury that they hoped it wasn’t serious and it wasn’t a knee injury.
Since then Martin is still sidelined, missing the Texans 16-9 win over the Saints on Saturday, and now his ankle injury could result in surgery. On Sunday, O’Brien told reporters that they are still evaluating Martin but surgery could happen.
A source with knowledge of Martin’s situation told SportsRadio 610 that surgery is “a good possibility” but they’ll know more soon.
If Martin is out a significant amount of time Greg Mancz and possibly Tony Bergstrom are the two guys on the roster that would fill the void until Martin could get healthy.