O’Brien Mum On Martin Injury As Arizona Game Approaches

By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien seemed annoyed on Friday that news regarding rookie center Nick Martin’s season ending surgery had made it to the national media.

O’Brien would not confirm much regarding Martin except for the fact that he will not play in Sunday’s preseason match-up against the Arizona Cardinals.

“I’m really not going to get into all these injuries,” O’Brien said frustratingly after beginning his press conference regarding NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport’s report that Martin has undergone season ending surgery on his injured ankle. ” I don’t really know where information is coming from. I can tell you Nick Martin is out. I’ll confirm everything with (the media) when I talk to a doctor. I’m not a doctor so I don’t speak for doctors and I’ll make sure I confirm everything as soon as I know all the details.”

Rapoport reported that the injury to Martin was worse than originally thought citing some ligament damage.

O’Brien has not been forthcoming with information regarding Martin’s injury since he injured his ankle before the Saints game last Saturday.

Greg Mancz will start at center for the foreseeable future. Mancz is filling it at center is one of three injuries the Texans are dealing with on the offensive line. Duane Brown has missed all of training camp in his recovery from a quad injury. Derek Newton has missed most of camp after injuring his hamstring in the early days of camp.

Chris Clark praised what Mancz has been  doing at the center position with Martin missing a lot of camp.

“He’s stepping up big,” tackle Chris Clark said  “He’s making tough calls and he’s right. That’s huge. I am so excited about what Mancz is doing and how much I’ve seen him improve.”

Alex Del Barrio can be heard on Saturday afternoons with Matt Murphy from 3-7 pm and on Sunday afternoons with Jeremy Branham on Sportsradio 610. Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio

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