Red shirt a silver lining for Trindon Holliday

Rookie return man Trindon Holliday will have surgery on a torn thumb ligament and is out for the season for the Houston Texans. He’ll join Ben Tate (ankle) on the IR.

That’s two of the nine members from this year's draft class on the shelf before the opener. Which isn’t a good thing.

But this could be a silver lining situation for Holliday, who ends up with a red shirt year. He’ll get to see how the league works, study return games and think about how he can better translate his skills to the NFL when he gets back involved in practices next spring at organized team activities.

He had a shot to be the guy this year, but that was not guaranteed, and his work so far had been up and down at best.

Now the Texans will likely look at Steve Slaton and Andre Davis at kick returner and could go back to Jacoby Jones as their punt returner.