The Texans placed Fiedorowicz (concussion) on the reserve/retired list Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. With the 26-year-old Fiedorowicz -- who suffered three concussions during the 2017 campaign -- no longer in line to take the field this season, Ryan Griffin and Stephen Anderson now top the Texans' tight end depth chart.
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday that he doesn't believe Fiedorowicz (concussion) has made a decision on his future in football, but expects the tight end to report for the Texans' offseason program, which begins April 2, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. Fiedorowicz said earlier this offseason that he was contemplating retirement as a result of the head injury he suffered Dec. 3, which marked his third concussion of the season. The 26-year-old may be using Organized Team Activities to gauge his interest in continuing his playing career, after which he could make his intentions known to the Texans one way or the other. Given Fiedorowicz's uncertain playing status for 2018, it wouldn't be much of a surprise if the Texans looked to the free-agent market or the draft to strengthen their tight-end corps.
Fiedorowicz (concussion) acknowledged Friday that he's considering retirement, Joe Stevenson of the Crystal Lake Northwest Herald reports. After a breakout 2016 campaign, the 26-year-old tight end inked a three-year, $21.5 million contract last August and entered 2017 with the expectation of filling a prominent role in the Houston passing attack. That never came to fruition, however, as Fiedorowicz sustained a concussion in the preseason and then two more head injuries over five regular-season appearances before he was moved to injured reserve in early December. Though Fiedorowicz said he feels great and has resumed working out, the prospect of sustaining another concussion has left him hesitant to keep his career going. Expect Fiedorowicz to take the next couple months to decide his future before relaying his intentions to the Texans prior to the start of the team's offseason program.
Fiedorowicz, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, could be forced to retire from the NFL after sustaining his fourth concussion in two seasons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. The 26-year-old was initially placed on injured reserve following the Texans' season opener after suffering a concussion in that contest, only to return mid-season and play four games before sustaining another head injury. While it's unclear if Fiedorowicz wants to stop playing on his own volition, the matter may not be up to him, as sources familiar with his situation have indicated that there's no assurances he'll be able to pass a physical due to his problematic history. Regardless of how things play out for the tight end, the repeated concussions are a troubling development for both he and the Texans, who inked Fiedorowicz to a three-year, $21.5 million contract last summer after he broke out for 54 receptions, 559 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.
Fiedorowicz (concussion) has been placed on injured reserve by the Texans. After Fiedorowicz suffered his third concussion of the season, the Texans wisely decided to shut him down. With the team's wideout and tight end ranks thinned out by injuries, Stephen Anderson -- who logged five catches for 79 yards and a TD in Week 13 -- could emerge as a viable fantasy option down the stretch.
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