Texans’ Derek Stingley Jr, Tytus Howard avoid injuries, Blake Cashman suffers concussion

Houston Texans cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. (24) warms up for an NFL football game against the San Francisco 49ers Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith) (Eric Christian Smith, Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

HOUSTON – Standing inside the Texans’ locker room, rookie cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. displayed no signs of discomfort after briefly leaving the game in pain and having his left arm examined by team medical staff.

Pulling on a sweatshirt, Stingley emphasized that it wasn’t a big deal.

“Oh no, I feel fine,” said Stingley, the Texans’ first-round draft pick and former consensus LSU All-American selection.

Stingley got checked out by Dr. Walter Lowe and head athletic trainer Roland Ramirez on the sideline inside the blue medical tent before going back into the game.

“He was down for a while, bruise on his arm,” Texans coach Lovie Smith said. “He was able to finish, so he should be okay.”

Texans right offensive tackle Tytus Howard got his ankle fell on in a scrum, and limped off the field to get examined by team medical officials. He was briefly replaced by backup tackle Charlie Heck before going back in to finish the game.

“Just O-line play,” Howard said. “I’m good.”

Starting linebacker Blake Cashman left the game with a head injury. He was diagnosed with a concussion and didn’t return.

“Injury-wise, we had a few guys who went out,” Smith said. “Blake Cashman went out, and I don’t normally talk about guys who didn’t come back in. He is in the concussion protocol.”

Aaron Wilson is a Pro Football Network reporter and a contributor to KPRC 2 and click2houston.com

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