• by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Texans cut Tim Cornett, Dennis Johnson

    The Texans cut running backs Tim Cornett and Dennis Johnson on Monday, according to the Houston Chronicle. Johnson rushed for 183 yards in eight games for Houston last season.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Hip injury sidelines Dennis Johnson for finale

    Texans running back Dennis Johnson is inactive for Week 17 against the Titans, as expected. Johnson was considered questionable coming into the game with a hip injury, after being unable to practice throughout the week.

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Four Texans threatened with inactive tag for Sunday

    The Texans have placed 17 on their Friday injury report as they prepare to play Sunday at Tennessee. But only four have been tagged as anything but probable. They are wide receiver DeVier Posey (ankle), who has been ruled out, and running back Dennis Johnson (hip), quarterback Case Keenum (thumb) and linebcker Joe Mays (knee).

  • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

    Texans dealing with injuries to top players

    A toe injury will keep Texans cornerback Johnathan Joseph from playing in the season finale at Tennessee. Running back Deji Karim (clavicle) will also be out while fellow back Dennis Johnson (hip) might miss the game as well.

  • by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Dennis Johnson has 30 total yards

    Texans running back Dennis Johnson had 12 carries for 29 yards in Sunday's 37-13 loss to the Broncos. He also caught two passes for one yard. Johnson had 10 carries at halftime, but yielded most of the carries to Deji Karim in the second half. Johnson may have been injured in the third quarter, but reporters didn't make any note of it during the game or immediately after. The Texans face the Titans in Week 17. With Karim limping off the field in the fourth quarter, it's unclear who will start for the Texans in their season finale.

  • by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Dennis Johnson risky, but has upside

    Texans running back Dennis Johnson is expected to get most of the Week 16 carries against the Broncos, with Ben Tate heading to IR. Johnson broke out in Week 12 against the Jaguars, replacing an ineffective Tate and gaining 74 yards on 13 carries. This will be the first week Johnson gets a shot at being the starter. While he was disappointing after his big game, it was mainly due to his usage, not some lessening of skill. Week 16 should allow Johnson to carry the ball 15-20 times, against a Denver defense that has allowed 15 rushing touchdowns this season. Over the last four games, the Broncos have allowed two backs to run for 90 or more yards, while giving up six touchdowns to the position. The Broncos have also allowed an average of 37.3 receiving yards per game to opposing backs. Barring some crazy Edwin Baker-style surprise, Johnson should be the starter for the Texans this Sunday. And the matchup is good enough to give him consideration in some formats. But chasing after Johnson and plugging him in just because he's a starter could backfire, especially if the Texans are forced to pass a lot in a catch-up in-game strategy. Johnson is a nice add, if for no other reason than to block your opponent from grabbing him, but his matchup is risky enough to keep him on the bench in favor of better options.

  • by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Dennis Johnson among fringe contributors

    The Texans got small contributions from running back Dennis Johnson, running back Deji Karim and wide receiver Keshawn Martin in a blowout loss Week 15 at Indianapolis. Johnson -- the most notable of the three -- spelled starter Ben Tate throughout the contest, finishing with four carries for 12 yards and one catch for 3. Karim came in later, when the outcome was already decided, finishing with four carries 21 yards. Martin, who scored a touchdown on four catches last week, had one catch for 13 yards. He's up to 17 catches for the season.

  • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

    Dennis Johnson barely sees the field in loss

    Texans backup running back Dennis Johnson was a nonfactor for the second week in a row Thursday, in a 27-20 loss to the Jaguars in Week 14. Johnson rushed the ball just three times for 10 yards, while adding a reception for 4 yards. Johnson has totaled just 23 yards in two games since his breakout performance against the Jaguars in Week 12. The Texans' next game is set for Week 15 against the Colts.

  • by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer

    Dennis Johnson an enigmatic backup

    Texans running back Dennis Johnson broke out in Week 12 against the Jaguars, carrying the ball 13 times, and gaining 74 yards, in relief of an ineffective Ben Tate. He followed that up with three carries for 13 yards last weekend against the Patriots. Week 14 brings a rematch against the Jaguars, on Thursday night. And while it may seem like a slick move to consider Johnson for a matchup start, Ben Tate essentially re-asserted his role as lead back against the Pats in Week 13, scoring three touchdowns and running for 102 yards. As good as Johnson was against the Jags, Tate will likely be given the chance to succeed and erase the memories of Week 12. If you want to base a gut call on Johnson's Week 12 game and start him in a deeper league, there's an argument to be made. But Johnson is a risky gamble who was used sparingly after a breakout game. He can be benched in most formats.

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Dennis Johnson, Keshawn Martin make it onto stat sheet

    Texans running back Dennis Johnson and wide receiver Keshawn Martin had minor contributions during a 34-31 loss Week 13 vs. New England. Johnson, who posted a career-high 74 rushing yards Week 12, finished with three carries for 13 yards Sunday. He added one catch for 11 yards. Martin, who had a costly bobble that led to an interception Week 12, finished with one catch for 27 yards. He was targeted just once. The Texans have a quick turnaround Week 14, playing at Jacksonville Thursday.