Seventh-year pro Fred Weary has been the Texans starting guard for much of the last two seasons, and his future in Houston is in doubt as he has battled numerous leg injuries including a broken tibia and fibula. Weary's head coach, Gary Kubiak hasn't discounted the possible future return of the 6'4", 308 lb. guard—
"'It's tough.' I told the team this morning, he's (G Fred Weary) well thought of around here. He's been a warrior for this organization and he's done a great job for this football team for me, since I've been here the last couple of years. We were all hoping that by this time he would be in a position to compete. He hasn't been able to. It's a very difficult injury. We'll do everything we can to get him healthy. No doubt in my mind that Fred will be back. It's just going to take some time."
When training camp began, Kubiak told reporters that Weary could return for the season, but his leg didn't seem to respond.
"I think he did everything he can do. I think we all kind of thought it was going to come on a little bit quicker. Though these screws could hold up, the way I understood it, and he could play a year with that and then get them taken out after the season. But it was obvious that wasn't going to happen. So, the best thing right now is for Fred, they got the screws out, get him healthy and I think hopefully here over the course of the next month or month and a half that maybe he gets to that point. So, we'll see."
The decision was tough for the Texans organization, as they are pretty thin on the offensive line with injuries to Chris White and Ephraim Salaam, and they will likely start rookie Duane Brown at left tackle. The offensive line could be an Achilles heel to a team that appears to be solid and deep at most positions.
"Well, it was difficult," Texans general manager Rick Smith told reporters when asked about the decision to place Weary on the IR. "It was unfortunate because the guy has worked so hard, but at the end of the day, he just wasn't healthy enough to go out and compete. At some point, you have to move on, and that's what we decided to do today."
The Texans filled Weary's roster spot with former Arizona Cardinals running back Marcel Shipp. Shipp is entering his seventh season in the league, and has mostly been a reserve. The 5'11", 230 lb. bruising back had his best seasons in 2002 and 2003, when he combined for 1664 yards and six touchdowns.
Gary Kubiak assessed his new back's quest for a roster spot—
"Well it's a tough situation because first off he's a good football player—he played very well in Arizona, he's a good special teams player as well—coming this late to a camp. But we'll watch him on the scout team, stuff he did today, assess our situation as we move forward and hopefully we can give him a chance to be competitive here before camp is over."
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