The Bengals went all-out on stemig treatment medication for the Bengals’ season opener, signing quarterback Andy Dalton and re-signing linebacker J.J. Watt.
But it wasn’t enough for the Texans, who went all out on their own.
The Texans signed offensive lineman Jermon Bushrod and safety Jermaine Grace.
The Bengals will get back a couple of veteran offensive linemen, as well.
Both players have experience at guard and right tackle, but both were cut by the Texans.
Both are expected to make a full recovery.
Texans coach Bill O’Brien said they are both going to be fine.
Bushrod had surgery on his right knee in the off-season.
The former Ohio State star has had issues with pain in the past, but he’s still considered a first-round talent, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport.
“He’s had a couple injuries in his career,” O’Connor said.
“This one is very different.
He’s not a high-risk guy.
It’s a very aggressive type of injury.”
The Texans have been waiting for Bushrod to get back on the field, and O’Leary says he expects the former Ohio-State star to return to full speed in no time.
The only issue the Texans have at tackle is the depth of the position.
The team will have two starters back for the regular season, which is a rarity for an NFL team.
“They’ve got three guys back.
That’s kind of the big issue,” O’dley said.
Bushfield’s injury will give the Texans the opportunity to keep both left tackle Duane Brown and right guard Ryan Seymour in their starting lineup.
Brown, a free agent this offseason, was signed to a two-year deal.
Seymour, a second-round pick last year, is a former first-rounder.
They were the Bengals top tackles last year.
Brown has a career of 10.5 sacks and Seymour is the team’s second-leading rusher at 3.8 yards per carry.
“We’re going to have to do a little bit of everything,” OConnor said of the Texans offensive line.
“But I don’t think we’ll see any changes to the offensive line this year.”
Brown and Seymour have been a couple for Houston.
Brown had 10 sacks and nine tackles for a loss in 2016, while Seymour had seven sacks and six tackles for loss.
The two offensive linemen have been linked to trade talks.
Brown and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus, have been mentioned in trade rumors.
The Houston Texans, as of Monday afternoon, had a trade with the Tennessee Titans for left tackle Nate Solder.
The Titans were looking for a franchise left tackle.
Houston is also looking for another tackle.
The Browns, who will not be in the playoffs this year, have also been linked in trade talks with the Carolina Panthers and New York Giants.
Brown is a free-agent, but Houston would like to keep him.
The move to take a left tackle would make Brown a free agency.
The Panthers and Giants are looking for an upgrade at left tackle after losing Kelvin Beachum and Ryan Kalil to free agency in free agency and in the draft.