=== Texans CB McCain headed to IR ===
 
 Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Texans have placed cornerback Brice
 McCain on injured reserve with a designation to return after he broke his left
 foot in Sunday's game against the Tennessee Titans.
 
 Head  coach Gary Kubiak confirmed the move during his Monday press conference,
 adding  that McCain underwent surgery to repair the fracture that morning. The
 fourth-year  pro  sustained the  injury during  the first  half of the Texans'
 24-10  win  over the Titans,  a victory that secured  a playoff berth for 11-1
 Houston.
 
 Under  the designated  to  return  tag, McCain  would  be  eligible to  resume
 practicing  in six weeks  and be put back on the active roster in eight weeks,
 meaning the Texans would have to reach Super Bowl XLVII for him to play.
 
 A  sixth-round pick of the Texans in the 2009 draft, McCain has been Houston's
 primary  nickel back this season and recorded 24 tackles, one interception and
 eight passes defensed in 12 games.
 
 His  absence  creates further concern  to a secondary  that's been hit hard by
 injuries  in recent  weeks, with  both  Pro Bowl  cornerback Johnathan  Joseph
 (hamstring)  and fellow  corner Alan  Ball (foot)  inactive for  the Tennessee
 game.
 
 The  Texans will visit  New England, which currently ranks sixth in the NFL in
 passing offense, in a Monday night matchup during Week 14.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 12/03 17:32:28 ET