Diles breaks leg in practice, to miss remainder of season

Updated: November 5, 2008, 3:29 PM ET
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Texans linebacker Zac Diles, who leads the team in tackles, broke his left leg and will miss the rest of the season.

Zac Diles

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Diles was injured early in practice Wednesday in what coach Gary Kubiak described as a freak accident. It occurred during a special teams, non-contact drill, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Diles was scheduled to have a rod placed in his tibia Wednesday night.

The second-year player was a 2007 seventh-round draft pick for the Texans. He has started each game this season and has 66 tackles and an interception.

Kevin Bentley will start in his place against Baltimore. Kubiak added that rookie Xavier Adibi also will get some time at linebacker.

"I feel terrible for Zac because he was playing so well, but through adversity comes opportunity," Kubiak said, according to the Chronicle.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.