Texans would take hit with loss of Manning

HOUSTON -- It could be getting worse for the Houston Texans.

The Texans took another injury hit Sunday when starting safety Danieal Manning hyperextended his knee in the third quarter against the St. Louis Rams.

After the Houston Chronicle's Jerome Solomon reported that Manning's injury was a hairline fracture in his fibula that would keep him out six to eight weeks, I gave Manning a buzz to check in with him.

Manning, who did a radio show with Solomon last year, said he didn't know.

He said he had an MRI that showed nothing was torn, and that he is waiting on the results of a CT scan. It's possible that the news got leaked before Manning was told. And while that's not a good look for the Texans, it's not terribly uncommon.

Solomon also reported that Manning is likely to need surgery.

Losing Manning would be big for the Texans, who turn to Shiloh Keo to start once again. Keo played for Ed Reed in the first two games of the season. He would join Reed, who isn't fully healthy himself, in starting.

Losing Manning would be the next in a series of unfortunate events for the Texans. They lost Owen Daniels to a fractured fibula last week and are on a four-game losing streak after suffering a 25-point loss to the Rams. As they try to get back on track, a significant injury to Manning isn't what they need.