Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th108.2 (15th)239.6 (18th)
Defense3rd99.8 (9th)210.4 (3rd)

Schedule

1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 11
CHI
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Sep 18
KC
8:25 pm EDT
Thu Sep 22
at NE
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 2
TEN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 9
at MIN
8:30 pm EDT
Sun Oct 16
IND
8:30 pm EDT
Mon Oct 24
at DEN
1:00 pm EDT
Sun Oct 30
DET
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 13
at JAC
8:30 pm EST
Mon Nov 21
at OAK
1:00 pm EST
Sun Nov 27
SD
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 4
at GB
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 11
at IND
1:00 pm EST
Sun Dec 18
JAC
8:25 pm EST
Sat Dec 24
CIN
1:00 pm EST
Sun Jan 1
at TEN

Standings

AFC
South
Overall
W-L-T
Division
W-L-T
Houston9-7-05-1-0
Indianapolis8-8-04-2-0
Jacksonville5-11-02-4-0
Tennessee3-13-01-5-0
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Texans' J.J. Watt: Recovery will take at least eight weeks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Watt (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.

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Texans' J.J. Watt: Undergoes back surgery Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Watt (groin) underwent back surgery Wednesday and will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Watt dealt with a herniated disk in his back for some time last season among other injuries. The operation may have been executed because of that disk, but conclusive reasoning for the surgery is not yet known. The Texans expect Watt to be ready for the season opener Sept. 11 against the Bears in Houston based on the fact that he has never missed an NFL game in his career regardless of injury. The 6-foot-5 Wisconsin product won Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2015-16, racking up 76 combined tackles and a league-leading 17.5 sacks.

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Texans' Braxton Miller: Will play any position
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Miller refers to himself as a "playmaker" and said he'll play slot receiver, wide receiver or running back. "Whatever's in the game plan," he said. "I'm capable of playing any position."

While Miller is up for any role that comes his way, position coach Sean Ryan was less expansive. "I think Braxton is coming along great," Ryan said. "Another good inside-and-outside guy. Great skill set, change of direction, catching the ball well. I've been really happy with him." Miller's eventual role will be determined during training camp, but he's still relatively new to the wide receiver position, and that's where the Texans will initially focus. If he develops quickly and engenders the confidence of coaches, Miller could emerge as the starting slot receiver. We also expect he'll get a chance to contribute on special teams as a return man.

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Texans' Ra'Zahn Howard: Joins Texans after going unselected in Supplemental Draft
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

Howard went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Supplemental Draft and will sign with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Howard was a three-year starter at Purdue before getting suspended in January for academic reasons. Instead of transferring schools like he initially planned, Howard instead changed his mind and decided to apply for this year's Supplemental Draft. During his career at Purdue, Howard accumulated 47 total tackles, including three sacks, and made a name for himself as a high-motor player with excellent upper body strength. Now in Houston, Howard will compete with Christian Covington and 2016 fifth-round pick D.J. Reader for the backup NT role behind starter Vince Wilfork.

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Texans' Ryan Griffin: Expected back for trianing camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Bill O'Brien expects Griffin (Achilles) to be healthy for the start of training camp, the Texans' official site reports.

Although Texans tight ends combined for just 77 targets and 41 receptions last season, Griffin did lead the way with 32 and 20, respectively, despite losing seven games to injury. The team didn't address the position with any notable free agents or draft picks, but rookie UDFA Stephen Anderson could compete for a role in the slot. Houston hasn't had a fantasy-relevant tight end since Garrett Graham put together a solid stretch during the middle of the 2013 season.

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