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The Texans have a big challenge when it comes to winning the AFC South again this season.

The division got better with Jacksonville adding QB Nick Foles, but one thing that helps the Texans is Andrew Luck's inability to stay healthy.

ESPN 97.5's Joel Blank, Barry Laminack, and Raheel Ramzanali talk about Andrew Luck's leg injury, and discuss if the key to winning the division comes down to the play of Houston's defense, or the health of Andrew Luck. The Texans Roundtable is presented by Texas Star Grill Shop.

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More injury woes for the Astros. Composite Getty Image.

Houston right-hander J.P. France will have surgery on his throwing shoulder Monday.

France opened the season in the majors but had been optioned to Triple-A Sugar Land and made one start there when he was placed on the injured list in early May.

France resumed throwing recently after being shut down for about a month, but had a setback this week leading to the decision to have surgery. The team did not provide any details about the nature of his surgery in its announcement Wednesday.

France was 0-3 with a 7.46 ERA in five starts for the Astros this season before his demotion.

His injury is the latest in a series of injuries to Houston's starting pitchers this season. The Astros opened the year without Luis Garcia and Lance McCullers because of injuries and José Urquidy and Cristian Javier both had Tommy John surgery earlier this month before ace Justin Verlander landed on the 15-day injured list with neck discomfort.

With only four pitchers currently in the rotation, the club could have really used France with an upcoming schedule that includes ten games in ten days on the road.

And with Garcia not expected back until late July, the Astros will have to get creative with their starters.

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