Duane Brown is back in Houston. The veteran left tackle has reported back with the team after a lengthy holdout. The move was first reported by NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport.
#Texans LT Duane Brown is back with the team, source said. His holdout is over.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) October 23, 2017
Brown missed all of the preseason as well as the first six games of the regular season as he was holding out for a new contract. Brown is in the fifth year of a 6-year, $53.4 million that he signed back in 2012. However, per KHOU, none of his $9 million base salary is guaranteed for the final two seasons.
Rapoport reported that he is ready to practice and by returning to the team now, the left tackle is now eligible to play with the team or be traded. Multiple reports indicate that Brown will remain with the Texans for the rest of the season.
Chris Clark had been filling in for Brown but is now dealing with a calf injury. Brown’s return would be a welcome boost for a Texans team at 3-3 and in the thick of the AFC South divisional race.
After a bye week this past Sunday, the Texans travel west to take on the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
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