The Texans made roster moves, adding two offensive tackles to the 53-man roster on Wednesday: Dan Skipper and Chris Clark. Houston is looking to add depth after rookie right tackle Tytus Howard suffered an injury in the third quarter of Sunday’s win at Kansas City.
“Skip (Dan Skipper) we've been watching him, evaluating him for a while,” head coach Bill O’Brien said Wednesday. “He was on the New England practice squad, and we had a need at that position and felt like he could come in here and help us. He got here yesterday and he’s been studying the playbook, and he'll be out there at practice today.
Skipper (6-9, 325) also had stints with the Dallas Cowboys (2017) and the Detroit Lions (2017-18). During his final season at Arkansas, he started all 13 games for the Razorbacks and earned First-Team All-SEC honors in 2016.
Clark (6-5, 305) is a ten-year veteran who returns to the Texans after starting 26 games from 2015 through 2017. Clark, acquired in a trade from Denver, saw action at both left and right tackle as a starter during his previous tenure in Houston.
“When Chris (Clark) was here, as you guys know, he was a really good pro, leader, he had good leadership, very dependable guy,” O’Brien said. “Smart, tough, dependable, that's really what he was.”
The Texans worked out and signed Kyle Murphy, a fourth-year tackle out of Stanford, to the practice squad and placed tackle Seantrel Henderson on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list. The team also released guard/tackle Marcus Henry from the practice squad.
“We worked him (Murphy) out yesterday and liked some of the ways that he moved around,” O’Brien said. “Smart guy, went to Stanford. I guess you're smart when you go to Stanford. So, hopefully they can all help us.”
The Texans will travel to Indianapolis to play the Colts on Sunday. Kickoff is set for 12 noon CT on CBS and SportsRadio 610.