Fret not Deshaun Watson, left tackle Laremy Tunsil is expected to play for the Houston Texans on Sunday for their Week 3 matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Tunsil rolled his ankle in the fourth of the Texans’ 13-12 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 2. The team sidelined him for the rest of that particular drive, then trotted him back out for the rest of the game. He practiced in a limited fashion during the week heading into the Los Angeles game.
After Houston’s Week 2 win, coach Bill O’Brien said on Tunsil’s injury, “I don’t think it’s too bad.”
The Texans traded a treasure trove of draft picks — including two consecutive firsts and a second — to acquire Tunsil and wide receiver Kenny Stills before the start of the 2019 regular season. Though the team has allowed ten sacks to start the season, the film shows improvement across the line, particularly on Tunsil’s left side.
Tunsil and co. will get tested against the Chargers in Los Angeles. Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram bring a dynamic pass-rushing force that surely has their eyes set on taking down Watson after he was done so 62 times in 2018. However, the pass-rushing duo will have a harder time doing so now that Tunsil stands in their way.
The 1-1 Texans will play the 1-1 Chargers at 4:25 p.m. ET on Sunday. Houston is coming off of a close win, while the Chargers are coming off an equally as close loss. Both teams have their eyes set on the playoffs.