Houston Texans offensive lineman Tytus Howard is expected to miss the rest of the season due to a knee injury requiring surgery, sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Howard missed the first month of the campaign with a broken hand but has since started every game at left guard.
He was replaced by second-round pick Juice Scruggs, who made his NFL debut against the Jacksonville Jaguars after being activated from injured reserve ahead of Week 12.
Howard has been a mainstay on Houston’s offensive line since being drafted in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The veteran primarily played right tackle before shifting inside this season but has also been used at multiple spots during his career.
The 27-year-old Howard signed a three-year, $56-million extension before training camp.
The 6-5 Texans are in the thick of the wild-card hunt and host a fellow AFC playoff hopeful – the 6-5 Denver Broncos – on Sunday.