Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense29th116.2 (8th)198.5 (29th)
Defense1st99.7 (12th)201.6 (2nd)
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
02/07/17LBTony WashingtonChestQUESTIONABLEWashington (chest) spent the 2016 season on injured reserve.

At the conclusion of the preseason, the 2015 undrafted free agent was waived/injured before getting placed on IR one day later. An unsubstantiated report from the Houston Chronicle on Sept. 8 claimed the Texans and Washington reached an injury settlement as the result of a chest injury, but he in fact remained on injured reserve throughout the campaign. As the offseason progresses, he'll look to compete for a depth role at outside linebacker.

(Updated 02/07/2017)
01/26/17LBJadeveon ClowneyKneeQUESTIONABLEClowney (knee) had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The first overall pick in 2014, Clowney is now under contract with the Texans through the 2018 campaign. He's coming off minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, but if Clowney remains healthy, he could sign a long-term extension prior to next season. Nonetheless, the 24-year-old will now have the comfort of not yet entering a contract year. After moving from outside linebacker to defensive end last season, Clowney showed just why he was so highly regarded coming out of college, registering 52 tackles and six sacks in 14 games while being named to his first Pro Bowl.

(Updated 04/14/2017)
01/25/17DBLonnie BallentineGroinQUESTIONABLEBallentine (groin) was placed on IR Saturday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.

Ballentine began the season on the PUP list due to a knee injury and suffered his groin injury just a few games after being activated. He'll finish the year with just two games played.

(Updated 11/12/2016)
01/25/17DBK.J. DillonKneeQUESTIONABLEDillon suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Colts and has subsequently been placed on IR, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Dillon's injury appeared to be serious right out of the gate, and the MRI results didn't bode well for much optimism as he'll miss the remainder of his rookie season. The Texans signed veteran Don Jones on Wednesday to provide depth at safety in Dillon's absence.

(Updated 10/19/2016)
01/25/17DBKurtis DrummondUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEDrummond was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Drummond hurt his leg during preseason Week 1 against San Francisco.

(Updated 08/30/2016)
01/25/17KKa'imi FairbairnQuadricepsQUESTIONABLEFairbairn has been placed on injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fairbairn was attempting to usurp the placekicking job from Nick Novak, but hadn't played in preseason Week 2 or 3 due to the injury. They like his potential and want to evaluate him as a future kicking option.

(Updated 08/30/2016)
01/25/17DBKevin JohnsonFootQUESTIONABLEJohnson (foot) is expected to make a full recovery in time for Houston's offseason program, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson was placed on injured reserve back in October due to a broken foot and he only recently had surgery. It was originally thought that his foot would be able to heal on it's own but after a few months it was decided surgery would speed the healing process along. Though it will take him longer to return than initially though, Johnson shouldn't miss any offseason programs come April.

(Updated 01/03/2017)
01/25/17DLDevon StillUndisclosedQUESTIONABLEStill was palced on IR with an undisclosed injury, Sarah Barshop of ESPN reports.

It's unclear what Still's injury is, since he played in the Texans' Week 4 loss to the Patriots. Brandon Dunn was promoted from the practice squad to fill Still's spot on the defensive line.

(Updated 10/05/2016)
01/25/17WRJaelen StrongAnkleQUESTIONABLEStrong (ankle) has been placed on injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Strong has been sidelined since spraining his ankle in late October, and his season will now come to an end. He's appeared in just 18 games throughout the first two years of his career, and caught 28 total passes on 48 targets for 292 yards and three touchdowns, but no scores in 2016.

(Updated 12/10/2016)
01/25/17DLJ.J. WattBackQUESTIONABLEWatt (back) said his body feels "really good" as the Texans began their offseason workout program Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Watt was limited to just three games last season after requiring two back operations in the span of six months, but the defensive behemoth has been cleared for all physical activities since the beginning of February, so rejoining his teammates for the Texans' offseason program came as expected Monday. According to Watt, he now has a better understanding of how to approach his rehab and training regime to avoid overexerting himself and believes increased caution in that regard will help him stay fresh ahead of this season. Considering his MVP pedigree, the Texans will be elated to have Watt back and focused on remaining healthy, using their offseason program to get him prepared for a full return to football activities.

(Updated 04/17/2017)
01/16/17DBQuintin DempsHamstringQUESTIONABLEDemps (hamstring) has signed a three-year contract with the Bears at an average salary of $4.5 million per season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Demps was a special teams specialist early in his career until breaking out as a playmaker in the secondary over the last four years, when he generated 18 takeaways. He's coming off a career-year in which he intercepted six passes in 2016, and he'll likely be paired up as a starting safety with Adrian Amos. He's looking like an upside pick at the safety position in IDP leagues.

(Updated 03/10/2017)
01/16/17DLJoel HeathKneeQUESTIONABLEHeath (knee) is scheduled for an MRI on Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Heath injured his knee in the Texans' divisional-round loss to the Patriots on Saturday. While the extent of his injury wasn't reported, it isn't expected to require surgery. Nonetheless, the MRI results will provide a much clearer picture.

(Updated 01/15/2017)
01/15/17RBTyler ErvinConcussionQUESTIONABLEErvin (concussion), a 2016 fourth-round draft pick, finished his rookie season with one carry for three yards and three catches for 18 yards (five targets) in 12 games. He returned 27 punts for 261 yards and 14 kickoffs for 263 yards, also losing a pair of fumbles on special teams.

Passing-down work represented Ervin's realistic path to early playing time on offense, but the Texans ultimately preferred both Lamar Miller and Jonathan Grimes to the rookie in those situations. Ervin thus got most of his reps on special teams, where a pair of lost fumbles outweighed his middling work picking up yards as a returner. It was a disappointing rookie season overall, but with a year under his belt and Grimes currently unsigned, Ervin could get more of a shot to contribute on passing downs in 2017. Miller still figures to be heavily involved through the air, but backup running back Alfred Blue is rarely used in obvious passing situations. Given his struggles with ball security as a rookie, it remains to be seen if Ervin will reprise his role as the primary return man for punts and/or kickoffs, but the team figures to at least give him some competition for the jobs. Ervin should have plenty of time to recover from the concussion he suffered during the playoffs before the start of Texans OTAs in mid-to-late April.

(Updated 03/15/2017)

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