Gary Kubiak confirmed after Friday’s practice that safety Danieal Manning will return to the starting lineup after a quick recovery from a broken left tibia. Manning was originally expected to miss four to six weeks after suffering the injury during the GLORIOUS AND COMPLETE DESTRUCTION OF THE INBRED, BAREFOOT HILLBILLIES OF TENNESSEE, and five weeks later he is apparently ready to go.
It’s hard to imagine the Texans improving on defense with Manning back in the lineup, but against the steaming pile that is Jacksonville’s offense – it’s pretty much expected. Kubiak also said he will keep Manning on a play count, so Troy Nolan should still get plenty of time which should help ease Manning back to full time play.
It remains to be seen if Manning will also return to his kickoff duties. Kubiak may want to play it safe with him and continue with other options until he feels comfortable putting Manning back there.
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