The Houston Texans secondary takes another hit after cornerback Brice McCain underwent surgery on Monday after he suffered a broken foot in the win over the Tennessee Titans.
Coach Gary Kubiak said McCain had a screw inserted into his foot and that he will be placed on the "designate to return list."
Under the new rule each team can designate one player to return from injured reserve.
The player must miss six weeks and then practice for two weeks before being activated, which means McCain could be available if the Texans are in the Super Bowl
The Texans have been without their top cornerback, Johnathan Joseph, for two games because of a hamstring injury.
Kubiak said Joseph ran well on Monday.
Joseph could be ready to go for the New England Patriots next Monday.
Also, cornerback Alan Ball missed the game in Nashville because of a sore foot and could be ready for the Patriots as well.