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Reeves out with compound fracture in pinky


Cornerback Jacques Reeves, pictured during training camp, was injured doing a ball drill in practice warmups on Wednesday.

Cornerback Jacques Reeves will miss the Texans' Week 4 game after suffering a compound fracture to his right pinky on Wednesday.

Reeves, who had just recovered from a fractured fibula suffered during training camp, was expected to make his 2009 season debut against the Raiders on Sunday.

"Jacques will not be able to play this week," coach Gary Kubiak said after practice on Thursday. "He was going through warmups (on Wednesday), got a ball thrown to him. A compound fracture is the way I understand it. Will not be available this weekend, (but) hopefully next weekend. We'll see."

Reeves went to the hospital to have his pinky repaired. He returned to the Texans' facility Thursday afternoon wearing a large wrap around his right hand.

{QUOTE}"I was doing ball drills and I dislocated my pinky," he said. "It came out of the skin. Just taking precautions, they went in and cleared it out. It's nothing serious."

The fifth-year corner started all 16 games last season and led the Texans with four interceptions. He fractured his left fibula on Aug. 4 and began to practice during the week leading up to the Texans' 2009 season opener. Reeves initially was projected to return around Week 2.

This latest setback delayed his return even further, but Reeves does not expect any lingering pain by the time he gets back on the field next Wednesday.

"It's a pinky, man," he said. "I'll be alright. I'll miss this week and I'll be back next week."

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