Romeo Crennel says it will be challenging for the Houston Texans to find a replacement for the injured Benardrick McKinney.
On Tuesday, the Houston Texans announced the placement of ILB Benardrick McKinney on injured reserve. He will undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder, as first reported by Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.
McKinney is currently second on the team in total tackles (37). The loss of their 2015 second-round pick will leave a gaping void for the 1-4 Texans to fill beyond the gridiron.
“It is always hard to replace a real good player, and B-Mac is a real good player,” interim head coach Romeo Crennel said on Wednesday. “He is a real good leader. He is a real good communicator, and he runs the defense. Not having him out there, we have to reinforce our communication.”
In his absence on Sunday, Tyrell Adams started in place of McKinney during Houston’s 30-14 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Adams played in 89 percent of the defensive snaps. He recorded a career-high 13 total tackles and a fumble recovery in the win.
In an attempt to fill out their 53-man roster, the Texans signed Kyle Emanuel to the active roster from the Las Vegas Raiders’ practice squad. Since 2015, Emanuel has played in 63 career games — all for the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers.
“T.A. [Tyrell Adams] stepped in and did a nice job Sunday running around and making plays,” Crennel said. “I notice as the game went on, I think he became more comfortable. His reads became quicker to do the things he needed to do.”
A Pro-Bowler in 2018, McKinney has recorded 530 total tackles and 11.5 sacks throughout his career. Upon his return next season, McKinney will be in the third season of a five-year contract extension signed in June of 2018.
“B-Mac did it all. He was the guy who got the linemen lined up, and he could help with adjustments. Plus, he is a really good player. When you lose a really good player, it is always hard to replace right away.” — RAC
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