The Texans may have to open their 2017 regular season without All-Pro left tackle Duane Brown, who did not report for practice on Monday. Houston would likely turn to third-year offensive lineman Kendall Lamm if Brown remains a no-show.
"I feel good about our tackle situation," head coach Bill O'Brien said Monday. "We've had these guys around for a while. Duane hasn't been here for a long time. I think everybody knows how I feel about Duane. Look, he's doing what he believes is best for him and we're coaching the guys that are here and we feel good about our 53-man roster."
Lamm, now in his third season with the Texans, saw action in 15 games last year with three starts. The undrafted free agent from Appalachian State saw a majority of reps this offseason and has contributed in the past as an extra offensive lineman and on special teams. The Texans also have eight-year veteran Chris Clark and ten-year veteran Breno Giacomini, signed as a free agent this offseason, as well as rookie tackle Julién Davenport on the 53-man roster.
"I've had a lot of experience here, fortunately," Lamm said. "I mean playing, whether it's heavy tight end, if it's coming in in the middle of the game, if it's playing goal line. Whatever they've really given me, I tried to take it in stride and make do with what I can. So, I mean, for it being the first start, don't get me wrong, I'd lie and tell you there won't be a little bit of jitters, but as soon as I make contact the first play, all that goes away and, you know, you get back to football. So, it's exciting."
Brown missed all of the team's offseason workout program and did not report for training camp. Brown was in Houston on Monday, volunteering at a Hurricane Harvey relief event.
The Texans will host the Jacksonville Jaguars in their 2017 season opener at NRG Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. on CBS and SportsRadio 610.
Check out some of the best shots from practice as the Texans prepare for Week 1 against the Jaguars.