|Danieal Manning has surgery to repair broken fibula|
by Aaron Wilson of Scout.com, October 24, 2011 at 7:42 pm ET
Danieal Manning Profile
Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning underwent surgery today to repair a broken fibula in his left leg.
The Texans expect him to return after four weeks or so and didn't place him on injured reserve.
"We think there's an opportunity for him to come back this year," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said in remarks distributed by the team. "Time frame-wise, I can't give you an answer on something like that right now, but I think we're definitely talking about four weeks, somewhere four weeks and beyond, whatever that's going to be. We'd love to wait on Danieal. We'd love to get him back before this season's over.
"So, we did the work today and then we'll see how the progression goes over the course of the next three weeks and see if that's going to be a possibility, but right now we think it is. That's good news."
Troy Nolan will start in Manning's place.
And rookie cornerback Brandon Harris will be evaluated at safety as well.
"Right now, we really like what we see from Brandon Harris," Kubiak said. "He's a smart player. We think he can go play some safety, so those are the options that we have. We're going to see how things go this week, watch those guys work and decide where we move from there. Having a guy like Brandon up along with (Sherrick) McManis helps us in special teams too. We'll see. We'll see who can handle it the best, but Troy becomes a starter."
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