Texans rookie kick returner Trindon Holliday lost for season with thumb injury

Houston Texans rookie kick returner Trindon Holliday is gone for the season.

Coach Gary Kubiak says Holliday will have surgery Wednesday on his broken left thumb. Holliday had been wearing a cast on the thumb in recent practices.

Holliday fumbled a punt and mishandled a kickoff return in the Texans' 38-20 loss to New Orleans on Saturday. Kubiak blamed Holliday's miscues on his injured thumb.

The 5-foot-5 Holliday was a sixth-round pick out of LSU. He is the reigning NCAA champion in the 100-meter dash and impressed scouts when he ran a 40-yard dash in 4.34 seconds at the combine.

Holliday is the second Texans' draft pick to sustain a season-ending injury during training camp. Running back Ben Tate, a second-round pick out of Auburn, broke his ankle in Houston's first preseason game.