Healthy Brown a necessity for Houston

Minor ankle surgery for Duane Brown shouldn’t be a big deal.

Cleaning a bone spur out should line him up to start training camp healthy. And a healthy Brown is a necessity for the Houston Texans.

Brown’s become an elite left tackle. Considering the uncertainty of the right tackle spot, the idea of Brown at less than 100 percent qualifies as scary.

Derek Newton is coming off serious knee surgery and the guys who are the primary competition for his spot are rookies -- Brennan Williams and David Quessenberry.

Andrew Gardner was Brown’s backup at the end of last season. He’s appeared in five games in three seasons with Miami and Houston in three seasons.

The Texans would be a completely different team without Brown.

As I said Tuesday in a post about Jacksonville’s Jason Babin, the most important phrase for a guy having surgery at this time of the year is “ready for training camp.”