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Antoine Caldwell injury: Texans OL rookie Ben Jones could start on MNF

With starter Antoine Caldwell nursing an ankle injury, Texans rookie Ben Jones could make his first career start in Week 5.

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Forced to leave in the second quarter of Sunday's win over Tennessee, Houston Texans offensive guard Antoine Caldwell is reportedly day-to-day with an ankle injury, according to Nick Scurfield of HoustonTexans.com.

While Caldwell's status for Week 5 is still uncertain at this point, the Texans are prepared to roll with rookie Ben Jones against the Jets on Monday Night Football if the fourth-year lineman cannot go. The two interior linemen were already battling it out for playing time to begin with, and Texans head coach Gary Kubiak sees plenty of promise in the way Jones played on Sunday.

"He played like a young guy, played like a first-year guy," Kubiak said. "There are some things he can do better, but he’s doing some real good stuff, too, and he’s playing a position he never played in college. There will be some growing pains there, but I like his effort. I like his preparation."

Though Jones entered the league as a center, this minor injury to Caldwell could be the chance that the former Georgia standout needed to keep his name in the starting lineup for the long haul. The 99th overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, Jones would be in line to make his first career start on Monday if Caldwell either can't suit up or is removed from his starting role.

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