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Texans place TE Ryan Griffin on short-term injured reserve

Texans TE Ryan Griffin suffered a knee injury against the Chiefs, but could return this season. AP/Jonathan Bachman

HOUSTON -- The Houston Texans can only place one player per season on injured reserve with a designation to return, and they've opted to use it on tight end Ryan Griffin.

This means Griffin, who suffered a knee injury against the Chiefs, must miss the next six weeks of practice and can't return to a game for eight weeks. That will mean missing seven games, as the Texans have a Bye in Week 9.

It's a shame for the Texans to have to lose Griffin for such an extended period of time. They needed better production out of that position group and Griffin's improvement was to be part of their overall improvement at tight end. He worked to make himself a more complete tight end, which meant becoming a better blocker than he was early in his career.

Griffin's transition offered another example of the versatility Texans coach Bill O'Brien demands from his players.

The Texans now have tight ends C.J. Fiedorowicz and Garrett Graham on their roster. They also have rookie tight end Eric Tomlinson on their practice squad.