When considering the longest tenured Texans player, look no further than starting left tackle, Duane Brown. Brown continues to play at a high level and is a cornerstone of this team. Starting full time since 2008 with 120 career starts at the position, he has been one of the few constants in an offense that has been shuffled non-stop the past three seasons. Last year, Brown started 14 games after missing two games to start the season due to a fracture thumb. The big blow came in week 17, when he tore his quad in a collision pulling against Jacksonville. It ended his season and put his start time for the 2016 season in question.
Brown is currently rehabbing at the Texans facility and has been since last season was over. Although the big issue is regarding whether he will be ready for week one, Bill O’Brien is hopeful he will be back, even though at this point, the situation is wait and see. Brown did not practice at all during OTAs and Mini Camp but was present with the rest of the team at practice and meetings.
Roster Situation: Duane Brown will undoubtedly be part of the 53-man roster, but whether he starts on the active roster or the physically unable to perform list is the question. The Texans are not going to rush him back from his serious injury. There is more value in bringing back Brown when he is completely healthy, even if it is not for week one of the season. The offensive line is better with Brown in the lineup but only time will tell when that is able to happen.