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O'Brien: D.J. Reader "earned the right to play"

Rookie D.J. Reader had big shoes to fill Sunday at Jacksonville, starting in place of Vince Wilfork who did not play due to injury.

In the third quarter against the Jaguars, Reader recorded his first career NFL sack when he brought down Blake Bortles for an eight-yard loss. The Texans defense would go on to force a three-and-out on the drive.

Head coach Bill O'Brien was pleased with Reader's performance in his first career NFL start at nose tackle.

"I'll have to look at the film but I think Reader is playing well," O'Brien said. "It was good to see him in there a bunch today. That was probably his first time playing that much. Also it was good experience for him and I think he's earned the right to play."

Reader also had two solo tackles, one tackle for a loss, and one quarterback hit in the 24-21 win over the Jaguars. In Week 9 against Detroit, Reader had his first career NFL start, lining up at defensive end.

The Texans faced the Jaguars at EverBank Field in Week 10.

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