- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 19, 2011

HOUSTON — Texans quarterback Matt Schaub’s bruised chest won’t keep him out this week, but it’s likely that Andre Johnson will miss his third straight game since minor surgery to his right hamstring.

Houston, which already has lost linebacker Mario Williams for the year, could also be without fullback James Casey for the second game in a row with a pectoral injury.

That’s bad news for the Texans, who have lost two straight heading into a key AFC South game Sunday against the division-leading Tennessee Titans.

Schaub says being banged up is just part of life in the NFL and that the team will have to work through its problems to get ready for the Titans.

Season ends early again for Panthers tackle Otah

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers placed former first-round draft pick and starting right tackle Jeff Otah on injured reserve for the third time in four seasons.

Otah has been struggling with back and knee issues stemming from two previous knee surgeries. By the end of this season, Otah will have missed 35 games due to injuries while starting just 29.

Undrafted rookie Byron Bell, who has started twice this season in place of Otah at right tackle, is expected to start Sunday against the Washington Redskins.

Around the league

COWBOYS: linebacker DeMarcus Ware missed Wednesday’s practice to rest a back injury that flared in Dallas’ last game. Ware has been battling back spasms. Coach Jason Garrett said his absence was precautionary and that Ware is expected to practice Thursday and to play Sunday against St. Louis.

RAMS: Quarterback Sam Bradford did not practice Wednesday while getting treatment for a high left ankle sprain, increasing the likelihood that journeyman A.J. Feeley will get the call Sunday at Dallas. The injury routinely sidelines players for a month, although coach Steve Spagnuolo had some hope Bradford could play.

BILLS: A coroner’s report says former Buffalo center Kent Hull died of intestinal bleeding. The findings were released Wednesday, a day after Hull, 50, died in his hometown of Greenwood, Miss. Hull was a three-time Pro Bowl selection during his 11 years with the Bills before retiring following the 1996 season.

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