Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson could be out up to four weeks of action with a sprained MCL, according to Jayson Braddock, a Houston-based reporter. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle later confirmed the news.
Braddock reports Jackson could miss three to four weeks, while McClain says he could be out for two to four weeks.
Houston head coach Bill O'Brien was evasive when discussing Jackson's status with the media on Monday. "I heard he had a toothache,” O’Brien said, according to the Chronicle.
Jackson had started all nine games for the Texans this season, with one interception and six passes defended. He has played on 92.5 percent of Houston's defensive snaps this season and is second on the team in tackles.
Jackson has been a starter in Houston since he was selected with the 20th pick in the 2010 draft out of Alabama.
Jackson has eight career interceptions, has defensed 47 passes and has a forced fumble.
Second-year cornerback A.J. Bouye is listed behind Jackson on the Texans’ depth chart at left cornerback. In seven games this season, Bouye has four passes defended to go with 30 tackles. He also returned an interception for a touchdown on Sunday against the Eagles.
- Phil Watson