Houston Texans Running Back Out for Week 15, Possibly Longer

One of the leading Offensive Rookie of the Year candidates has hit a major snag in his campaign. According to KPRC2's Aaron Wilson, running back Dameon Pierce suffered a high-ankle sprain in Sunday's 27-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and could miss the next two games.

Pierce totalled 78 rushing yards and one touchdown on 22 carries for the Texasn in the Week 14 loss but was noticeably absent on the Cowboys' crucial fourth-quarter goal-line stand. He has rushed for 939 yards in 13 appearances this season, the most among all rookies.

Pierce's injury puts the 1-11-1 Texans in a delicate position. On the one hand, they have little to play for; in fact, they may be better off losing out and assuring themselves of the top pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Pierce has already proven his value to the team and may benefit from avoiding additional wear and tear for the remainder of the year. However, an Offensive Rookie of the Year award is within striking distance, and an accolade like that could go a long way to redeeming what has been a miserable season for Texans fans.

Pierce joined the Texans as their 107th overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft after four years with the Florida Gators. He's on pace to become the Texans' first 1000-yard rusher since Carlos Hyde in 2019.

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