BALTIMORE -- There would never be a good time for the Texans to lose left tackle Duane Brown, who stayed home in Houston this weekend with a turf toe injury.
But this week is especially inopportune.
The Ravens' official website used the word "terrorizes" to describe what Baltimore's pass rush did to poor Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden last weekend.
With dominant defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and outside linebacker Terrell Suggs healthy and the additions of outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil and defensive end Chris Canty, the Ravens pass rush was expected to be formidable. Baltimore sacked Weeden five times had a total of 12 quarterback hits, and Weeden left the game late with a thumb injury. So far, the Ravens have eight sacks and 19 quarterback hits through the first two games of the season.
"Against the Browns, we were rotating so much that towards the end of the game, I was chasing [Jason] Campbell and was able to get there because I was fresh and was rotating throughout that game," Ngata told reporters in Baltimore on Wednesday. "I can feel it already [benefiting us], and it’s great being able to be on the sideline and know those guys can get the job done as well.”
The Texans didn't give Brown much, if any, help when he faced Dwight Freeney and the Chargers in Week 1.
But they'll need extra blockers to help backup tackle Ryan Harris, who will have the added difficulty that comes with switching from right to left tackle. He practices on both sides, but game speed is a different matter for flipping your mindset. It will help to have depth at tight end and have Garrett Graham, who was questionable with a hip injury on the depth chart, healthy. It also helps to have fullback Greg Jones, who can block defensive ends one on one.