By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio610By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) Nose tackle Louis Nix III has yet to see the practice field for the Houston Texans and it was finally made public on Saturday as to why he’s been out. Texans head coach
Bill O’Brien said in his post-practice press conference Saturday that the rookie nose tackle had arthroscopic surgery on an injured knee before the start of training camp. Nix has been seen wearing a knee brace and compression sleeve over his right leg on the practice field at NRG Stadium.

Nix, who was taken in the third-round of the 2014 NFL draft  by the Texans, is on the PUP (physically unable to perform) list.

“We wanted to make sure that we could have a healthy Louis Nix and not have to manage him throughout the season,” O’Brien said. “As an organization we decided to do that (arthroscopic) surgery before training camp.”

Nix had a torn meniscus injury in his left knee that required surgery that prematurely ended his final season at Notre Dame. Nix was at one point rated a 1st round prospect for 2014 before his injury and weight gain concerns.

Coach O’Brien made it clear that they expect Nix, who was projected to be the starting nose tackle for the Texans, to be healthy to play at some point soon.

“From what I hear from our medical people that he’s working well and he’s getting closer and closer to being able to be back out there at some point.” O’Brien said.

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