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Texans tight end Daniels placed on short-term injured reserve

The Texans will be without Owen Daniels until at least December. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images) The Texans will be without Owen Daniels until at least December. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Two-time Pro Bowler Owen Daniels will be out at least eight weeks with a non-displaced fibula fracture that he suffered in Sunday night's 34-3 loss to the 49ers, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on Twitter.

Per NFL rules, the soonest Daniels could return is Houston's Week 14 Thursday night game in Jacksonville. The Texans (2-3) are already two games behind the Colts for first place in the AFC South.

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Daniels, who had 24 receptions for 252 yards and three touchdowns in the first five games, will be replaced by fourth-year player Garrett Graham. In two tight end sets, the Texans will use fourth-round draft pick Ryan Griffin.

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