Texans activate CJ Fiedorowicz

Aug 9, 2017; Charlotte, NC, USA; Houston Texans tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz (87) stands on the sidelines during the game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports
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Quarterback Tom Savage will finally be getting some help to fill the shoes of the injured Deshaun Watson. The Houston Texans have activated tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz from injured reserve while placing fellow tight end Ryan Griffin on the same list, the franchise has formally announced.

Fiedorowicz hasn’t played since his team’s season-opening loss to the rival Jacksonville Jaguars, during which he suffered his second concussion of the 2017-18 campaign. He was originally sidelined by a concussion during the preseason, just a few weeks after signing a three-year, $21.5 million contract extension that made him the Texans’ top tight end of the present and future.

At 6-7 and 265 pounds, Fieodorwicz has elite size to go along with strong hands and effective blocking ability. The 2014 third-round pick notched single-season career-highs across the board last season, catching 54 passes for 559 yards and four touchdowns.

Though he fully understands the risk associated with playing football after multiple diagnosed concussions, Fiedorowicz insists he’ll be able to contribute on the field without fear of further injury.

“If I was taking precautions and thinking about getting hit again, that’s when it would be worse,” he told Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle. “I take a worse hit if I’m playing slow or thinking too much. I just got to play, do what I do normally, maybe play a little smarter. Maybe if I’m going into three guys ready to hit me, maybe go down before they hit me.”

The 3-5 Texans, playing without Watson for the season’s remainder, will now travel west to take on the surging Los Angeles Rams.

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