Here’s what Houston Texans, media aren’t saying about Tank Dell's recovery

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Here’s what Houston Texans, media aren’t saying about Tank Dell's recovery
Will Tank Dell be ready when the season begins? Composite Getty Image.

Earlier this week, Cal and Hannah McNair discussed Tank Dell's recovery from a gunshot wound he sustained in late April. Dell is expected to make a full recovery, but he will have to rehab to get back to where he was before his most recent injury.

They also talked about their conversations with Tank being private.

“That’s a hard situation to be in. I think that’s something we’ll talk about privately. In any situation in life, you’re going to learn something from it,” said Hannah McNair.

That quote caught our attention because Chad "Ocho Cinco" Johnson said something similar about “learning from it” on his podcast with Shannon Sharpe after texting with Dell.

From all accounts, Tank was a victim that happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. And the venue he was at wasn't your typical nightclub. It appears to be a more family oriented restaurant with swimming pools, cabanas, and TVs to watch sporting events, according to the website. Their motto is, “Eat. Drink. Swim. Sports.” Dell was reportedly there for a private event.

Which made us wonder if Johnson was victim blaming, or if he had other reasons to make that statement. We don't know who was hosting the event, who was invited, or how a sixteen-year-old was able to bring a gun into the establishment. To be fair, most restaurant/sports bars don't check people for weapons at the door. So all of this is pure speculation that we won't get into.

But we did find these comments curious. Obviously, the most important takeaway is that no one was seriously injured, and Tank should make a full recovery.

Let's get to how this impacts the team on the field.

This injury appears to be a little more serious than many initially believed. According to KPRC 2's Aaron Wilson's sources, Dell suffered “a flesh wound that went through one side of the leg and exited through the other side.” So this wasn't a glancing blow. Fortunately, it appears he “avoided structural damage to the leg.”

Wilson's sources are also saying they expect Dell “to be cleared for physical activity at some point this spring and is expected to make a full recovery in advance of training camp in July.”

If this is accurate, that means Dell will likely miss mandatory mini-camp, which begins on June 4. If that's the case, Tank's absence could provide more reps for newly acquired receiver Stefon Diggs. Along with the rest of the Texans receiving corps that's returning everyone from 2023.

Here's something else to keep an eye on. When asked if Dell would be ready for Week 1, The Associated Press reported that Texans head coach DeMeco Ryans refused "to directly answer the question.” DeMeco was also asked whether Dell would miss practice time, and again deflected.

“I’ve answered all that about Tank — he’ll be all right,” Ryans said.

There could be several reasons for how Ryans addressed these questions. Here are a few possibilities. One, it's a medical issue that has nothing to do with a football injury. Two, this injury could keep Dell from starting the season on time. Three, Ryans doesn't have to give injury reports in the offseason, and doesn't want to reveal information to opponents for competitive reasons. The NFL schedule will be out next week, and teams start preparing for their Week 1 opponents months ahead of time. Why tip your hand on Tank's availability for Week 1 when you don't have to?

Whatever the case may be, we have to treat this injury with the seriousness it deserves. This isn't an action movie, being shot through the leg, especially for a receiver who depends on speed and quickness, will take some time to fully heal.

And we know how much CJ Stroud thinks of Dell, and his impact on the offense. When Stroud selected his “Perfect Offense” recently, the only Texans receiver he drafted was Dell. So we know what he means to Stroud, and the team's chances of taking another step forward in 2024.

Just don't be surprised if Tank needs a little more time to back to full speed. He's working his way back from two significant injuries (broken fibula, gunshot flesh wound).

There's so much more to the story! Be sure to watch the video above for the full breakdown.

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Astros take the series! Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images.

Ronel Blanco held Oakland in check for seven innings in his return from a suspension and Kyle Tucker hit a two-run homer to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-2 victory over the Athletics on Sunday.

Jose Altuve added a two-run single in front of an announced crowd of 10,927 to help the Astros win the series and improve to 18-4 against the A's over the past two seasons.

Blanco (5-0) looked sharp in his return from a 10-game suspension for having a foreign substance in his glove during a start against Oakland in Houston last week.

He struck out five of his first eight batters and allowed only four hits, including a solo homer by Max Schuemann, before turning the game over to the bullpen. Houston improved to 8-1 in games started this season by Blanco, who has allowed only 33 hits in 54 1/3 innings.

Shea Langeliers added a solo homer in the ninth for Oakland against Josh Hader.

Oakland starter Aaron Brooks (0-2) pitched around trouble in the first three innings, inducing double-play grounders in the first and second and then striking out Alex Bregman top leave the bases loaded in the third.

Brooks appeared to be on his way to working out of the fourth allowing only one run before a pair of errors by Schuemann at shortstop led to a big inning for Houston.

Schuemann bobbled a two-out grounder by Mauricio Dubon for an error and then threw it wildly to second base for his second error on the play, allowing runners to advance to second and third.

Altuve followed with a two-run single and Tucker then hit his 18th home run to give the Astros a 5-0 lead.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Astros: 1B José Abreu, who accepted a minor league assignment after a sluggish start to the season, is set to rejoin the the team on Monday in Seattle after going 0 for 7 with a walk in two rehab games with Sugar Land.

Athletics: RHP Ross Stripling was set to see a doctor Sunday to determine the severity of his strained right elbow.

UP NEXT

Astros: LHP Framber Valdez (3-2, 4.32) is set to start the opener of a four-game series at Seattle on Monday.

Athletics: Oakland is off for Memorial Day and will begin a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Tuesday with RHP Mitch Spence (3-2, 4.09) expected to start the opener.

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