Houston Texans LT Laremy Tunsil to have thumb surgery, could miss four weeks

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Justin Gaethje has emerged as one of the biggest fan-favorites in the UFC due to his exciting fighting style. As a fan of the sport, Gaethje recently revealed his favorite fighters to watch.

In a video uploaded to the UFC's YouTube channel, Gaethje named his top five fighters to watch. Francis Ngannou and Robert Whittaker featured at the top of his list. The former lightweight title challenger revealed:

Evidently, 'The Highlight' is partial to his fellow knockout specialists as he named the reigning heavyweight champ his favorite. However, Gaethje mentioned the only time he was bored by Ngannou was during his clash against Derrick Lewis at UFC 226.

Rounding out his list, Gaethje revealed that he also enjoyed watching former two-division champion Henry Cejudo, flyweight queen Valentina Shevchenko and strawweight champ Rose Namajunas. Gaethje and Namajunas, of course, are close friends. They are both students of coaching extraordinaire Trevor Wittman.

Justin Gaethje and Michael Chandler will lock horns in what's expected to be a surefire battle between two of the most explosive strikers in the UFC. Gaethje believes Chandler will try to wrestle him after feeling his punching power. In a recent interview with The Schmo, Gaethje said:

Gaethje and Chandler are both coming off losses in a lightweight title fight. 'The Highlight' was submitted by Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 254 in 2020, while Chandler suffered a TKO loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC 262 earlier this year.

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Injury updates from David Culley's Press Conference

NBC Sports 13 October, 2021 - 01:00pm

Several movements injury-wise are happening this week, but there's one that isn't, as well.

Texans Head Coach David Culley met with the media before Wednesday afternoon's practice. After beginning his press conference with a congratulations and good luck wish for Manager Dusty Baker and the Houston Astros, he gave an update on a handful of injured players.

There is no movement, right now, on QB Tyrod Taylor. A hamstring injury at the end of the first half in the Week 2 contest against the Browns has kept the veteran sidelined since. Taylor is "week-to-week," according to Culley. Whenever he is indeed healthy enough to practice and play, he'll take over as the starter at quarterback. Rookie Davis Mills has started each of the last three games since Taylor exited.

OL Laremy Tunsil will undergo thumb surgery on Thursday. Tunsil was hurt in Sunday's loss to the Patriots at NRG Stadium, and Culley expects him to miss about four weeks.

Culley also said rookie WR Nico Collins will come off the Reserve Injured (IR) list and begin practicing this week. Collins was injured in Week 2 at Cleveland and has been on IR since.

"We'll take it day-to-day with him," Culley said. "He is okay to practice on a limited basis, and we'll see where he's at."

Fellow WR Danny Amendola, who practiced last week but was inactive versus New England, will continue to practice on a limited basis. Culley said Amendola "is making progress" and will hopefully be able to play after also injuring a hamstring at Cleveland.

LB Kevin Pierre-Louis, who recently came off IR, will not play this week.

Second-year DL Ross Blacklock, who's been on the COVID-19 list, will be back on the practice field. However, Culley said he'll come back slowly, "for the conditioning part of it."

With Tunsil out, Culley said OL Geron Christian will likely pick up the slack at left tackle for the injured Pro Bowler. Christian played 33 snaps against the Patriots.

The Texans will practice this afternoon, Thursday, and Friday at the Houston Methodist Training Center. They'll face the Colts in Indianapolis this Sunday.

The next time you can see the Texans at NRG Stadium will be on October 31 as they host the Los Angeles Rams in Week 8. Kick off is set for noon CT. Click here for tickets.

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NFL roundup: Latest league news from Wednesday, Oct. 13

NFL.com 13 October, 2021 - 11:39am

The Texans' well-paid left tackle is set to miss close to a month of football.

Houston coach David Culley told reporters Wednesday that Laremy Tunsil will undergo surgery on his injured thumb, per the Houston Chronicle's John McClain. The team hopes to welcome Tunsil back to action in four weeks, Culley said.

Tunsil injured the thumb during Sunday's loss to New England. Earlier this week, it appeared as if he was going to try to play through the injury, but Tunsil and the team apparently decided immediate surgery would be the best course.

Tunsil signed a three-year, $66 million extension with the Texans in April of 2020. He arrived in Houston via a trade with the Miami Dolphins in August of 2019.

Geron Christian replaced Tunsil on Sunday, playing 31 snaps and earning respectable marks from Pro Football Focus, which gave him a 69.7 overall grade for his performance, including a stellar 88.2 pass-blocking grade.

Christian has spent the majority of his career as a backup capable of replacing usual starters when necessary. Christian appeared in 16 games in 2019 with Washington and started in six games in 2020 before moving to Houston this offseason.

The one-win Texans face the division-rival Colts in Week 6 in a battle of 1-4 teams. Houston will hope Christian can provide rookie Davis Mills with adequate protection against a Colts team that is looking to start its climb out of an early season hole with a win over the Texans.

Culley added that injured QB Tyrod Taylor (hamstring) won't be available this week, but that he'll reclaim his starting job when he does return.

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