On Tuesday, trainer Rick Burkholder said Houston, who is rehabbing an injured anterior cruciate ligament, will open the season on the physically-unable-to-perform list. "He’s right around the six-month mark, and so he needs a little bit more time, and so this all part of the planned process," Burkholder said.
The team placed linebacker Josh Mauga on season-ending injured reserve Wednesday, leaving the team without two of its starting linebackers from last year’s playoff team. Mauga has missed practice since early August with that was termed a groin injury. Burkholder confirmed Mauga suffered a labral tear in his hip and will have surgery Sept. 8. "That will put him down for the year because it’s a long rehab process back," Burkholder said.
For Hali, fighting for statistics and playing time no longer hold charm for him. It’s about winning. "This isn’t just for one game or five games or getting sacks," Hali said. "This is for getting to the Super Bowl healthy, and when you’re healthy in January you see what that can do for you."
"I never lost consciousness," said Duvernay-Tardif, a starting guard. "It was more like, ‘OK, what’s happening here?’ I lost the urgency of the game. You look at the scoreboard [blankly]. You just don’t feel right. I didn’t black out or anything. I played two or three more plays and then I was like, ‘Uh-oh, something’s wrong.' I reported myself to the trainer
Medical school is only the beginning of what makes Duvernay-Tardif a rare NFL player. He backpacked through Europe at 16. He has taken two yearlong sailing trips with his family. He’s bilingual, having picked up English to go along with French. "If they ever want to do a '30 for 30' on an offensive lineman, it would have to be Larry," said Chiefs center Mitch Morse, using the nickname the Chiefs have for their French-Canadian teammate. "The guy is multi-talented."
In the meantime, Spencer Ware generally gets a lot of the starter’s snaps in practice. Charcandrick West gets some. Sometimes there are a few left for Charles, too. "For Jamaal, it’s [a matter of] getting trust in the leg,’’ Reid said. "Every day he does a little but more and a little bit more and his cuts are a little bit sharper. It’s just a matter of time and we’re OK there. We’re OK with that.’’
Murray could represent a low-cost option for a team in search of a backup quarterback with some upside. Entering his third year, however, Murray has zero experience in an NFL regular-season game, so he wouldn't represent a veteran presence teams like the Dallas Cowboys are searching for.