Texans starting defensive tackle Vincent Taylor will undergo ankle surgery and will miss a maximum of six to eight weeks, according to league source.
Taylor could return at some point later in the season depending on how his rehab and healing process goes.
A magnetic resonance imaging exam revealed the extent of the damage Monday after the was carted off the field Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Taylor was replaced by rookie Roy Lopez, a sixth-round draft pick from Arizona.
The Texans will also utilize Ross Blacklock and DeMarcus Walker.
"It's an ankle issue," Texans coach David Culley said earlier Monday before the MRI results were known. "We will know more later today about it. He is actually at the doctors now and we are just going to have to wait and see. It looks like it may be something that can keep him out this week and maybe further, but I am not sure on how long.”
Aaron Wilson has covered the NFL for 20 years and has previously written for The Houston Chronicle and The Baltimore Sun. He’s on Twitter: @AaronWilson_NFL and Instagram: @aaronwilson7128