HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – Dante Fowler wasn’t the only rookie casualty during Friday NFL mini camps.
Texans rookie James Rouse tore his Achilles, Bill O’Brien said on Saturday. The defensive end from Marshall was coming off a 2014 season where he was First Team All-Conference in Conference USA, totaling 10.5 tackles for loss in 14 games with 2.5 sacks.
“That’s a tough deal,” O’Brien said. “I mean, what a great kid. I just met him, but he’s a nice kid. I think when those things happen these days, guys come back from that. Here we have a great example, on our team, of Cody White. (White) has an Achilles and comes back and he’s out here and taking part in our offseason program and he worked hard to rehab. So life does not end when you blow your Achilles out. It’s a tough blow, but I told (Rouse), ‘Hey, when you wake up this morning, you’ve got to figure out how you’re going to rehab it and get going here.'”
It’s not certain yet how this will affect Rouse’s roster status.
“We have to decide that as a staff,” O’Brien said. “Obviously, (GM) Rick (Smith) and I have to sit down. I’m not ready to answer that yet, but at the end of the day, whether he gets a chance or not, he seems like a really good kid. And whether it’s here or somewhere else, I think he’ll get another chance.”