Houston- The loss of John Simon is important to watch. Simon has been a key starter on the edge for the Texans and has helped in sub packages, primarily rushing the passer. He was having a solid season and, after leaving the Oakland Raiders game with what the team called a chest injury, his ailment appears a little more serious than most realize. Head coach Bill O’Brien shed some light on the injury to Simon.
“Our team has really taken the mantra of ‘next man up’ and that’s what it’s going to have to be with John because he’ll be out for a bit here. He’s a very tough individual,” explained O’Brien of Simon. “Does a lot of different things for us including special teams, so somebody is going to have to step up. Different people are going to have to step up in his role and play well for us.”
Simon, in 2016, is second on the team with 50 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 10 quarterback hits, and 4 tackles for loss. Most of that play has been under the radar this season. Mainly an edge setter in base defense, Simon does the dirty work in sub packages, running stunts to free up other pass rushers who push the pocket.
Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel mentioned that the Texans were working to find an answer at the position for Sunday against the Chargers.
“Not at the moment,” said Crennel on whether the team had found a replacement. “But we’re working on it to see what we can come up with for Sunday.”
In a pinch, the Texans used Akeem Dent to help at outside linebacker but, with the injury to Simon, the defense might have to turn to Jadeveon Clowney to go back to outside linebacker and use a player like Dent or another edge presence to help fill the void.