Nick Martin’s status for the Houston Texans’ regular-season opener against the Chicago Bears is currently in jeopardy.
The rookie center sustained a high-ankle sprain during Thursday’s joint practice with the New Orleans Saints and could miss Houston’s first game, according to the Houston Chronicle’s John McClain. He limped off the field and was carted to NRG Stadium for X-rays, per McClain.
The second-round pick out of Notre Dame missed practice last week and didn’t play in Houston’s preseason opener against San Francisco. He was replaced on Thursday by undrafted free-agent Greg Mancz, who played in three games last season and is coming off of a season-ending knee injury sustained last November.
Houston’s offensive line was average last year, ranking 18th in the league by Football Outsiders. Texans tailbacks averaged 3.79 yards per carry behind the unit last season, when the Texans surrendered 36 sacks.