Texans veteran defensive end Jordan Jenkins has been designated for return from injured reserve, launching his 21-day practice window to be activated to the 53-man roster.
Jenkinstore the posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against the Tennessee Titans, according to a league source not authorized to speak publicly.
Jenkins avoided a torn anterior cruciate ligament, which would have required surgery and ended his season.
Jenkins was coming off his best game of the season, recording 1 1/2 sacks and three quarterback hits against the Miami Dolphins.
Signed to a two-year, $6 million contract this offseason with a maximum value of $8 million, Jenkins has played in eight games this season and has 17 tackles.
Jenkins played last season under a one-year, $3.75 million contract for the New York Jets that included $3.25 million guaranteed and a $1.75 million signing bonus. He had 32 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble last season after recording a career-high eight sacks two seasons ago.