Brandon Harris To Compete For Safety Position

Houston Texans free safety Danieal Manning had surgery Monday to repair a fractured fibula in his left leg.

He was injured while making a leaping interception in Sunday’s 41-7 victory at Tennessee. The Texans aren’t going to place Manning on injured reserve because they’re hoping he can play again this season.

Manning, who played his first five seasons with the Chicago Bears, got $9 million guaranteed to sign with the Texans. He played well during the first seven games. Manning has earned a lot of respect in the locker room. He’ll be replaced in the starting lineup by Troy Nolan, a three-year veteran and the top backup at both safety positions.

Rookies Shiloh Keo, a fifth-round pick, and Brandon Harris, a cornerback taken in the second round, will compete for the backup job. Harris was the backup at nickel corner behind Brice McCain. Last week, the Texans lost safety Dominique Barber for the season because of a foot injury.

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