Texans optimistic Marcus Cannon, Lane Taylor to be ready for season

Two of the Texans' most experienced offensive linemen are expected to be back for the start of the regular season.

Texans offensive tackle Marcus Cannon, who underwent offseason arthroscopic knee surgery and is dealing with a calf injury, and offensive guard Lane Taylor, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament last season, are currently on the active-physically unable to perform list. They can be activated at any time, and coach David Culley anticipates they'll be ready for the season.

“They're making progress at that," Culley said Friday morning at training camp. "They're both right on schedule when the surgeries happen and whatnot, they're both right on schedule right now, and their rehab is going great. We'll just see as it goes, but we anticipate that happening.”

The Texans obtained Cannon, a former Texas Christian standout from Odessa, a 2021 fifth-round draft pick and a 2021 sixth-round draft pick from the New England Patriots in exchange for the Texans' 2021 fourth-round draft pick originally obtained from the Arizona Cardinals and a 2021 sixth-round draft pick.

Taylor, 31, played for Texans offensive line coach James Campen in Green Bay after going undrafted out of Oklahoma State and earned the starting right guard position.

When healthy, Taylor is expected to compete for the starting right guard job.

Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 seasons, including the Texans, Baltimore Ravens, Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars. He has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128.

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