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Injury to Jean opens door for rookie Posey

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Posted Sept. 28, 2012 @ 12:28 p.m. ET
By Arthur Arkush

The inability of the Texans’ WR corps to fill the void left by Andre Johnson's multiple hamstring injuries in 2011 in large part led to the rebuilding of the unit in the offseason. And one of the biggest question marks surrounding Houston heading into ’12 was what type of an impact a young and inexperienced group would be able to make.

The good news is that they haven’t needed significant contributions in the passing game from newcomers, what with Johnson back to form and Arian Foster and Owen Daniels still go-to targets for QB Matt Schaub. Rookie Keshawn Martin, first-year player Lestar Jean and even No. 2 TE Garrett Graham have had limited opportunities, but they began to flash in Week Three.

After being unable to escape major injuries in 2011, the Texans have been extremely healthy out of the chute in ’12. However, Jean suffered a partially torn meniscus and is expected to be sidelined a few weeks after hauling in his first catch of the season against the Broncos — a 46-yarder that illustrated his explosiveness with the ball in the air and after the catch that has the Texans so high on him.

That means third-rounder DeVier Posey, inactive the first three weeks, will have an opportunity. Head coach Gary Kubiak said the time has arrived for Posey, who has come on strong in practice of late, to show what he can do. But with the multitude of weapons in Houston's diverse offensive attack, he, too, could see limited chances at first, meaning his greatest value will come on special teams.

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