Houston at Arizona

 
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    After a recent back surgery, Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt projects to be sidelined at least until the start of the regular season. This is an
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    Todd Bowles previously assigned a vague deadline for Ryan Fitzpatrick to return as the starter
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    Dockett racked up the seventh-most sacks in franchise history
  • Offensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    393.9
    314.5
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    264.2
    221.4
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    129.6
    93.1
    Points Per Game
    18.2
    20.0
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    37.4
    31.6
    Time of
    Possession
    33:03
    28:13
    Texans
    Cardinals

    Defensive Matchup

    Total Yards
    Per Game
    273.5
    342.5
    Passing Yards
    Per Game
    158.0
    254.2
    Rushing Yards
    Per Game
    115.5
    88.2
    Points Per Game
    27.6
    21.8
    Third Down
    Conversion %
    37.7
    40.5
    Texans
    Cardinals
  • Houston Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    07/22/16DLJ.J. WattBackQUESTIONABLEWatt (back) will need at least eight weeks before he is able to return to the field following back surgery Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    Watt's surgery indeed did turn out to be the result of a herniated disk suffered in 2015-16. Initial reports stated that Watt would take six-to-eight weeks to recover enough to be able to suit up for the Texans, but now there are reports that recovery would take eight weeks minimum. That would put Watt's return date at Sept. 15, four days too late for Houston's season opener against the Bears. Other reports are claiming that rehabilitation could take up to 10 weeks. In any case, the super-star defensive end is in serious danger of missing his first ever NFL game.

    (Updated 07/21/2016)
    07/11/16DBLonnie BallentineKneePROBABLEBallentine (knee) expects to be ready for training camp, The Houston Chronicle reports.

    Mr. Irrelevant of the 2014 NFL Draft, Ballentine suffered tears to both his MCL and PCL after dislocating his left knee in October of 2015. He will be over 10 months removed from the injury when training camp opens, though, and will be competing for a role on special teams and as a depth linebacker.

    (Updated 07/11/2016)
    07/11/16DBCharles JamesFootPROBABLEJames (foot) will be ready for the start of training camp, the Texans' official site reports.

    James reportedly played through a stress fracture in his foot for over a month before suffering a complete fracture and landing on injured reserve in December. Subsequently, he missed the near-entirety of Houston's offseason program, but hasn't reported any setbacks and will be ready for the start of training camp.

    (Updated 07/11/2016)
    05/17/16RBArian FosterAchillesQUESTIONABLEThe Dolphins and Foster (Achilles) agreed to a contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

    After getting a baseline on Foster's recovery from a torn Achilles in late March, the Dolphins' medical staff must have been impressed enough with his recovery on his second go-around Monday to give the front office the thumb's up. Considering his age (30 next month) and the fact he's nine months removed from the devastating injury, he'll more than likely ease into training camp. However, his competition includes two unproven products -- second-year back Jay Ajayi and rookie Kenyan Drake (hamstring) -- which provides a path to relevance for Foster. On the other hand, the final stages of Foster's rehab will ultimately dictate when he'll be able to make an impact.

    (Updated 07/18/2016)
    Arizona Injuries
    DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
    04/27/16DBJustin BethelFootPROBABLEBethel (foot) is penciled in as one of the Cardinals' starting cornerbacks in advance of training camp, the team's official site reports. "Obviously Justin is the current starter, but it's always going to be an open competition," general manager Steve Keim said Tuesday. "Knowing [coach] Bruce Arians and his staff, we'll play the best 11 out there, so whoever gives us a chance to succeed. But we have expectations for Justin."

    Keim commented in the wake of the Cardinals making one of their classic veteran signings -- cornerback Mike Jenkins inked a deal Tuesday -- at least under his reign over the past three and a half years. Jenkins provides experience to a group of CBs lacking in that department outside of Patrick Peterson (ankle), but the vote of confidence in Bethel certainly bodes well for his prospects. Although Bethel enters camp in the latter stages of his recovery from a fractured foot, he put together a decent sample size as a starting corner late last season, racking up 25 tackles, four passes defended, and one interception in four games (including playoffs).

    (Updated 07/20/2016)
    04/27/16DBTyrann MathieuKneeQUESTIONABLEMathieu's (knee) availability in Week 1 against the Patriots will be dependent upon his health, the Arizona Republic reports. "If I'm 90 percent, then I don't necessarily want to go out there," he said Sunday. "But if I'm 100 percent, I definitely want to be out there."

    Embedded within his second rehab effort from a torn ACL -- the other occurred near the end of his rookie year in 2013 -- Mathieu's reticence to take the field isn't a shock, especially after logging just 13 games in a generally subpar 2014 season. With an unimpeded offseason under his belt last fall, he was the centerpiece of the Cardinals' defense, accumulating 89 tackles (80 solo), five interceptions (one for a touchdown), one sack, and one forced fumble in 14 contests. The season-ending injury resulted in a less imposing unit that was ultimately embarrassed in the NFC championship by the Panthers, which his representatives are likely pointing during the ongoing conversation about a contract extension. No matter if the sides come to an agreement, Arizona could be without its starting slot corner, if he deems himself unready.

    (Updated 05/23/2016)
    04/27/16DBPatrick PetersonAnklePROBABLEPeterson (ankle) took part in individual drills during the Cardinals' mandatory minicamp last week, the team's official site reports.

    Peterson hasn't missed a game in his five-year career, but nagging ankle concerns seemingly forced the All-Pro cornerback under the knife as a preventive measure in mid-April. Handed a 6-to-8 week recovery timetable, his lack of participation in OTAs wasn't a surprise by any means. His return to drills during minicamp signals that his rehab is on schedule, though, with the aim of full health by the time training camp rolls around in late July.

    (Updated 06/13/2016)
 
 
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