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The Texans did not place free safety Danieal Manning on injured reserve Monday because they believe he might return this season.
After undergoing surgery Monday morning to repair a fractured fibula in his left leg, Manning, 29, will begin rehabilitation immediately. Still, there's no guarantee Manning will return this season.
Manning (5-11, 209) was injured while making an interception in Sunday's 41-7 victory at Tennessee that catapulted the Texans (4-3) into first place in the AFC South.
"We think there's an opportunity for him to come back this year," coach Gary Kubiak said. "Time-wise, I can't give you an answer right now, but we're definitely talking about somewhere (between) four weeks and beyond, whatever...