Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense29th116.2 (8th)198.5 (29th)
Defense1st99.7 (12th)201.6 (2nd)
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79Allen, Jeff G6-43061/8/19906Illinois
 Allen, RaShaun TE6-42502/25/19902Southern University
89Anderson, Stephen TE6-22301/30/19932California
39Ballentine, Lonnie SAF6-32154/23/19934Memphis
68Bergstrom, Tony (FA) C6-53158/8/19866Utah
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22254/27/19914Louisiana State
76Brown, Duane T6-43158/30/198510Virginia Tech
53Bullough, Max ILB6-32452/11/19923Michigan State
 Carter, Cory P5-10185//RTexas Southern
 Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/19859Southern Mississippi
90Clowney, Jadeveon DE6-52702/14/19934South Carolina
95Covington, Christian DE6-230510/16/19933Rice
 Cunningham, Zach LB6-423012/12/1994RVanderbilt
56Cushing, Brian ILB6-32551/24/19879USC
50Dent, Akeem (FA) OLB6-12509/27/19877Georgia
36Dillon, K.J. SAF6-02005/11/19932West Virginia
23Drummond, Kurtis FS6-12081/29/19923Michigan State
 Dunn, Brandon DT6-23009/5/19922Louisville
34Ervin, Tyler RB5-1018510/7/19932San Jose State
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-01851/29/19942UCLA
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. TE6-526510/22/19914Iowa
 Foreman, D'Onta RB6-12494/24/1996RTexas
15Fuller, Will WR6-01804/16/19942Notre Dame
 Gibson, Laurence T6-63053/19/19911Virginia Tech
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62651/11/19905Connecticut
41Grimes, Jonathan (FA) RB5-1021012/21/19895William & Mary
29Hal, Andre FS5-101955/30/19924Vanderbilt
93Heath, Joel DE6-53006/18/19932Michigan State
 Hilliard, Kenny RB5-1122610/3/19911Louisiana State
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12156/6/19925Clemson
 Hunt, Akeem RB5-101902/22/19933Purdue
25Jackson, Kareem CB5-101854/10/19888Alabama
30Johnson, Kevin CB6-01858/5/19923Wake Forest
 Jones, Tevin WR6-222512/26/19921Memphis
24Joseph, Johnathan CB5-111854/16/198412South Carolina
97Kamalu, Ufomba DE6-629711/2/19922Miami (Fla.)
63Lamm, Kendall T6-63106/5/19923Appalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22308/7/197618Texas A&M
61Lee, Eric LB6-32608/6/19941South Florida
65Mancz, Greg C6-43104/23/19923Toledo
66Martin, Nick C6-42994/29/19932Notre Dame
55McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-426011/19/19923Mississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-42657/21/19906Illinois
13Miller, Braxton WR6-120511/30/19922Ohio State
26Miller, Lamar RB5-102204/25/19916Miami (Fla.)
43Moore, Corey SS6-22001/28/19932Georgia
12Mumphery, Keith WR6-02106/5/19923Michigan State
 Nelson, Robert DB5-101802/16/19903Arizona State
72Newton, Derek T6-631511/16/19877Arkansas State
8Novak, Nick K6-02008/21/198110Maryland
52Peters, Brian LB6-424010/31/19883Northwestern (Ia)
35Pleasant, Eddie DB5-1020012/17/19885Oregon
45Prosch, Jay FB6-12558/21/19924Auburn
77Quessenberry, David (FA) T6-53068/24/19903San Jose State
42Rashad, Shakeel LB6-22353/17/19941North Carolina
98Reader, D.J. DE6-33357/1/19942Clemson
22Rice, Denzel SAF6-01963/31/19932Coastal Carolina
3Savage, Tom QB6-42304/26/19904Pittsburgh
 Scarlett, Brennan LB6-32607/31/19932Stanford
62Slade, Chad G6-53155/4/19922Auburn
94Smith, Antonio (FA) DE6-329010/21/198114Oklahoma State
91Still, Devon (FA) DT6-53057/11/19895Penn State
11Strong, Jaelen WR6-22051/25/19943Arizona State
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43201/1/19914UCLA
73Walker, Josh G6-53286/2/19913Middle Tennessee State
49Washington, Tony OLB6-42476/1/19922Oregon
 Watson, Deshaun QB6-32189/14/1995RClemson
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52953/22/19897Wisconsin
5Weeden, Brandon QB6-423010/14/19836Oklahoma State
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19868Baylor
75Wilfork, Vince (FA) NT6-232511/4/198114Miami (Fla.)
82Williams, Wendall WR5-101859/18/19901Cumberland College
Injured Players
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
McKinney had just one tackle and played 22 of a possible 61 snaps in Houston's 24-17 loss to Tennessee in Week 17.

The Texans were very cautious in how it deployed their regulars as they wanted to be in the best possible health for this week's playoff game against Oakland. McKinney emerged as Houston's leading tackler this season, both overall (129 tackles) and solo (79), and his five sacks ranked third for the team that finished first in defense (301.3 ypg).

Tom Savage
Savage is Houston's starting quarterback according to head coach Bill O'Brien who made that clear following the team's first-round selection of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Tom is our starter," O'Brien said.

O'Brien said Watson will have to sit and learn behind Savage and Brandon Weeden, though it's clear the long-range plan is for Watson to be Houston's franchise quarterback. Savage, by dint of his experience in the offense, is the likely starter Week 1.

Kenny Hilliard
Hilliard signed a futures contract with the Texans on Monday, The Houston Chronicle reports.

Hilliard, who finished the season on the Texans' practice squad, is yet to see any game action since being taken in the seventh round out of LSU back in 2015. He'll likely contend for No. 3 duties behind Lamar Miller and Alfred Blue.

Andre Hal
Hal (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Hal's illness apparently isn't serious enough to keep him sidelined, so he's slated to start at free safety per usual.

Chad Slade
No Updates
Jeff Allen
The Chiefs signed defensive back Jamell Fleming from the Ravens' practice squad Friday, to take the place of Jeff Allen on the active roster. Allen was placed on injured reserve following elbow surgery. 
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
DeAndre Hopkins
Texans general manager Rick Smith said the team is intent on re-signing Hopkins, houstontexans.com reports.

The Texans long ago made the obvious decision to exercise the fifth-year option on Hopkins' rookie contract, locking him in at a team-friendly salary of $7.915 million for 2017. Though a disappointing 2016 season may have slightly reduced his value, the 24-year-old still figures to seek a long-term extension that pays him like the No. 1 wide receiver he is. The Texans likely will be amenable to discussion, as it's hard to argue that Hopkins' down season wasn't largely a result of poor quarterback play. He's yet to miss a game through four NFL seasons, catching 317 passes for 4,487 yards and 23 touchdowns while playing alongside a slew of sub-par quarterbacks.

Robert Nelson
Nelson was signed to the Texans from the team's practice squad.

The Texans have some injuries in the secondary and Nelson will provide some depth there if they are shorthanded for Week 6 against the Colts.

Jay Prosch
Prosch (ankle) was a full participant in Friday's practice and will play in Saturday's playoff game against the Raiders.

Prosch missed the Texans' regular season finale with an ankle injury. Having logged just four rushing attempts all season, he is far off the fantasy radar.

Braxton Miller
Miller said Friday that his shoulder has been injury-free for a few weeks, the Houston Chronicle reports.

A converted quarterback, Miller contributed little as a wideout during his rookie season, hauling in 15 of 28 passes for 99 yards and one touchdown in 10 games. His season effectively ended after Week 13, though, when he sustained an AC joint sprain as the result of a hard fall on his right shoulder at Lambeau Field. Now healthy, he intends to focus his offseason efforts on continuing to learn the nuances of the position.

C.J. Fiedorowicz
Fiedorowicz caught three of five targets for 36 yards, including a 10-yard touchdown, in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in their divisional-round playoff game Saturday.

Fiedorowicz capped off the finest of his three-year career with his fifth touchdown catch. Pigeon-holed as a blocking tight end the first two years of his NFL career, Fiedorowicz busted out with 89 targets, 54 receptions, 559 yards and four touchdowns over 15 regular-season games. His elevation as a target was borne out of necessity as quarterback Brock Osweiler's rapport with his wideouts was fleeting. Osweiler still has one guaranteed year left on his contract and is the presumed starter next year. If the timing problems with wideouts DeAndre Hopkins or Will Fuller persist, Fiedorowicz has now proven he can handle a larger role.

Brandon Dunn
Dunn has been waived by the Texans.

Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.

D'Onta Foreman
No Updates
Tony Washington
Washington (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.

Chest - Questionable for the start of training camp
K.J. Dillon
Dillon 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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Kendall Lamm
Texans offensive tackle Duane Brown is inactive Sunday against the Buccaneers.

Brown was expected to miss the game, but it's still a blow to both the pass protection and the run blocking for the Texans. Kendall Lamm is expected to get the start in his place.

Johnathan Joseph
Joseph (calf) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Joseph was limited at practice Wednesday after he played through his calf injury in Houston's wild-card win over Oakland. He'll be expected to play and start in the Texans' divisional round matchup with New England on Saturday.

Brennan Scarlett
Scarlett (hamstring) was activated from injured reserve Saturday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Scarlett missed nearly two months after injuring his hamstring in Week 6, but the Texans designated him to return from injured reserve earlier this week, and they made the move official Saturday. Scarlett could have a chance to see action right away with fellow linebackers John Simon (chest) and Whitney Mercilus (back) both out for Week 15.

Joel Heath
Heath (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.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Corey Moore
Moore (concussion) will play Sunday against the Lions.

Moore, the Texans' backup free safety, missed practice Wednesday due to concussion symptoms. However, he has since cleared protocol and will be available to play.

Tevin Jones
Jones was signed to the Texans' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Jones, who was with the Texans during training camp, rejoins the club after it was announced that Braxton Miller had been placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury. With Miller and Jaelen Strong (ankle) on IR, the Texans added Wendall Williams from the practice unit and needed Jones for additional depth.

Kareem Jackson
Jackson scored on a 42-yard interception return during the first quarter of Houston's 24-21 win over Jacksonville on Sunday.

Jackson read the eyes of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles and undercut an out route to give Houston a lead before the offense ever stepped onto the field. He missed some time this season due to a hamstring injury, but has been back three weeks now and registered 11 tackles over the last two games.

Shakeel Rashad
No Updates
Eddie Pleasant
Pleasant has signed a two-year contract with the Texans,Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pleasant had his best season as a professional in 2015, his fourth professional season. He had his first two interceptions and his first forced fumble, and he set career highs with 36 tackles and six passes defensed. Along with the career-best line, Pleasant played 36.6 percent of the Texans' defensive snaps last season, a career high, and he played 44.6 percent of the team's special teams snaps. Those changes indicate he's steadily getting a larger role on the defense, and his statistical improvement is promising for the coming season. He'll likely see an increased role on defense, but it would be surprising if he suddenly becomes relevant in many IDP leagues.

Brian Peters
Peters (quadriceps) will play Monday night in Oakland.

Peters hasn't seen game action since Week 5, but is now healthy to play. He projects to assume a backup role at inside linebacker.

Kurtis Drummond
Drummond 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.

Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Brian Cushing
Cushing had "clean up" surgery on his shoulder, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Cushing dealt with knee, back, ankle, and shoulder injuries throughout the 2016 campaign but didn't miss any time due to his shoulder ailment. His other injuries aren't expected to require surgery and he isn't expected to be held out of any offseason practices.

RaShaun Allen
The Seahawks have signed 11 players to future contracts, the team announced Wednesday.

Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.

Akeem Hunt
Hunt caught two of two targets for 28 yards and added a six-yard run in Saturday's win over the Bengals.

A week after a two-fumble afternoon, Hunt didn't see an uptick in usage despite starter Lamar Miller on the shelf - Alfred Blue picking up the majority of the load. Hunt has yet to score this season and hasn't reached double-digit offensive snaps since Week 11, but he might be in line for an uptick in usage as the season ends. Miller is still battling a bum ankle and, with their seed set, Houston might be inclined to rest Miller and Blue for the playoffs.

Alfred Blue
Blue had one carry for two yards in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's division-round playoff game.

Blue played just four offensive snaps against the Patriots and just nine in Houston's two playoff games. He was effective in spurts for the Texans, rushing 100 times for 420 yards and one touchdown this season, but he's clearly a backup and will not be a premier back in 2017. We saw that he wasn't an effective lead back in 2015, so it's unlikely the Texans would go that way should Lamar Miller not be in a position to top the depth chart.

Nick Novak
Novak agreed to re-sign with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Novak came through with what may have been a career-best season in 2016, converting a franchise-record 35 field goals for a Texans team that struggled to find the end zone. While Novak hasn't shown much prowess from distance in his career, he turned the corner last season, nailing 4-of-7 attempts from 50 yards or longer. The terms of his new contract with the Texans aren't yet known, but given that Novak is set to turn 36 in August, his deal likely doesn't include much guaranteed money.

Xavier Su'a-Filo
Texans guard Xavier Su (calf) made his season debut in Week 4's loss to the Falcons. Su'a-Filo came off the bench behind left guard Oday Aboushi.

The left guard spot was presumed to be Su'a-Filo's when training camp started, but poor conditioning and a calf injury cleared the spot for Jeff Adams, who was lost for the season with a knee injury. Bottom line, Su'a-Filo is back and could grab the starting job.

Derek Newton
The Texans won't allow Derek Newton to test the free agent market. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Houston locked up the right tackle to a five-year, $26.5 million deal with $13.75 million guaranteed, just two days before the start of the free agency period. 

Newton, 27, started 46 games over the last three seasons. He received the highest run-block grade among any right tackles last season, according to Pro Football Focus.

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Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Duane Brown
Brown, who made his season debut Sunday, played the majority of snaps at left tackle in Houston's 31-14 loss to Minnesota, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Brown spent the entire offseason rehabbing from a torn quadriceps and missed the season's first four games, and he held up against one of the league's best defensive fronts.

Greg Mancz
No Updates
Josh Walker
Walker was promoted to the Texans' active roster on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Walker was promoted from the practice squad after the team parted ways with fellow lineman Jeff Adams. The 25-year-old will likely serve as backup behind starting right guard Jeff Allen and could play a role on special teams.

Christian Covington
Covington (groin) is active for Sunday's Week 2 tilt with Kansas City, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.

Covington's availability was in some question after he didn't practice Friday and suited up in only a limited capacity Thursday, but it appears he's ready to go. He's slated to serve as the starter at the end spot opposite J.J. Watt, though he doesn't figure to offer much IDP utility.

Jon Weeks
Texans running back Brad Smelley (back), who was listed as questionable Friday, and running back Greg Jones (knee), defensive back Johnathan Joseph (groin), linebacker Joe Mays (knee), offensive lineman Derek Newton (knee), linebacker Darryl Sharpton (ankle), defensive lineman Antonio Smith (knee), offensive lineman Wade Smith (knee), defensive back D.J. Swearinger (foot), linebacker Justin Tuggle (elbow), defensive back Josh Victorian (back), long snapper Jon Weeks (elbow) and quarterback T.J. Yates (back), who were all listed as probable, are active for Week 16 against the Broncos.
Nick Martin
Martin is recovering from his ankle surgery and will be ready for offseason practices, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Martin was placed on IR during the preseason after having surgery to repair a high-ankle sprain. The rookie has been working to recover and come into offseason work completely healthy. He'll look to make his regular season debut along the Texans offensive line in 2017.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Eric Lee
No Updates
Lamar Miller
Miller's workload is something the Texans hope to manage better during the 2017 season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Miller missed Houston's final two regular season games due to shoulder, ankle and rib injuries, which came after he racked up a career-high 299 touches through just 14 games. While an increased workload was part of what made Miller's fantasy stock more appealing with the Texans than it previously was with the Dolphins, such exertion took its toll over the course of the campaign. Admittedly, Houston's at times horrid passing game left little alternative to calling Miller's number, so along with looking to improve through the air this year, the team will also hope monitoring Miller's duties will produce better results in the long haul.

Jaelen Strong
Strong (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.

Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Deshaun Watson
The Texans selected Watson in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 12th overall.

They traded up from the 25th pick to make the selection, giving up their 2018 first-round pick in the process. Bill O'Brien is generally known as a coach who prefers, tall, heavy quarterbacks with strong arms, but Watson decisively cuts against that mold. He also cuts against the mold of the likes of Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage in the sense that he can actually throw a football at the NFL level. Watson might initially struggle as he adjusts to the speed of NFL defenses, but his unparalleled success at Clemson (97 total touchdowns in his last 30 games) and consecutive National Championship appearances imply that he's capable of adapting. It doesn't hurt that he'll have a very good group of pass catchers waiting for him in Houston. If Tom Savage is the only competition the Texans can muster, it's hard to imagine Watson anywhere but the starting lineup in Week 1. As a talented runner with plenty of surrounding help, Watson could make a surprisingly big fantasy impact as a rookie with a little luck.

Zach Cunningham
Cunningham is seen as a versatile linebacker that can play both inside and outside, according to Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Versatility is key for us. Zach was a very productive tackler at Vanderbilt," said O'Brien.

Cunningham sees himself as an inside linebacker but he'll need to get bigger to man that spot in the NFL. O'Brien feels he can play on special teams immediately and serve as depth at inside linebacker where he can be groomed by veteran Brian Cushing for an eventual starting job alongside Bernardrick McKinney. Athleticism is Cunningham's greatest asset. He covers ground, is adept at pursuing, and could probably step in right away as a third-down backer.

Wendall Williams
Williams was active for Sundays game against the Jaguars and caught two of three targets for 34 yards in Houston's 21-20 win in Week 15.

Williams was promoted to the active roster from the practice squad earlier in the week and was pressed into duty. The Texans had a new look passing attack Sunday after head coach Bill O'Brien yanked an ineffective Brock Osweiler for Tom Savage. The change resulted in a different targret distribution, which included getting some balls to Williams. It's unknown at this point if O'Brien will keep Savage as the starter, but if he does, Williams could sneak in as the third wideout ahead of Keith Mumphery

Richard Leonard
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Devon Still
Still 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.

Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ryan Griffin
Griffin signed a three-year deal with the Texans on Saturday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

After catching 49 total passes in his first three seasons, Griffin blew up with 50 grabs in 2016, racking up 442 yards and two touchdowns. He and C.J. Fiedorowicz comprise a promising tight end corps for the Texans. Additionally, Griffin's return will be a significant road block for Stephen Anderson, who saw just 130 snaps as a rookie in 2016.

Ka'imi Fairbairn
Fairbairn 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.

Quadriceps - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Clark
Texans OT Chris Clark is expected to replace Duane Brown (thumb, questionable) in the starting lineup if Brown can't go, the Houston Chronicle reports. 
Brown, Houston's starting left tackle, aggravated a thumb injury and has not been able to practice all week.
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Keith Mumphery
Mumphery caught three of four targets for 23 yards in Houston's 24-17 loss to Tennessee in Week 17.

While Mumphery played an increased role over the final several weeks of the regular season, overall he was used much less than he was during his rookie 2015 season. He was replaced as the team's main returner on special teams, and opened the year on the inactive list for five of the first eight games. It was only when Braxton Miller (shoulder) and Jaelen Strong (ankle) were placed on IR did Mumphery get some opportunities. He's signed for another two years and has knowledge of the offense, so Mumphery is expected to return in 2017, but he'll be fifth on the depth chart if Miller and Strong are healthy.

Cory Carter
No Updates
Max Bullough
The Texans placed linebacker Max Bullough on injured reserve and promoted tight end Anthony Denham from the practice squad, reports ESPN.com.
Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney (knee) had his fifth-year contract option exercised by the Texans on Friday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Clowney, the first overall pick in 2014, is now under contract with the Texans through the 2018 campaign. After having a minor arthroscopic surgery on his left knee in January, 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 entering a contract year this term. 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 along the way.

Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Antonio Smith
Smith (hip) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

Smith was held out of practice entirely on Wednesday but he appears to be recovered now and isn't expected to miss more time due to the injury.

Will Fuller
Fuller caught three of six targets for 16 yards in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's divisional-round playoff game.

Fuller had little impact on yet another game, but his end-zone drop of a beautifully thrown pass will burn in the Texans' mind all offseason. The rookie has been a non-entity since Week 5 as NFL cornerbacks got more physical with him, limiting him to just 31 yards per game over his final 10 regular-season games. Getting in better condition to handle the press coverage he's been getting will be a top offseason priority, but he also needs to eliminate the drops that we saw all season long. He's got a wealth of speed and can separate, but if he can't get off the line of scrimmage or hang onto balls consistently, what good is that speed?

Brandon Weeden
Weeden will backup quarterback Brock Osweiler for Saturday's wild-card playoff game against Oakland.

The Texans have declared Tom Savage out for the playoff game, so Weeden becomes active for the just third time this season. No knock on Weeden, but Osweiler would have to be hurt or play awfully for Houston coach Bill O'Brien to make a switch.

Laurence Gibson
Gibson was signed to the Texans' practice squad Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Gibson joins the Texans after spending time with Dallas, the franchise that drafted him in the seventh round of the 2015 draft, as well as stints with the Chiefs, Falcons and Bears. Houston has a couple of injuries on the offensive line -- Jeff Allen (concussion) did not practice Wednesday and Chris Clark (ankle) was limited -- so Gibson is seen as insurance.

Vince Wilfork
Texans general manager Rick Smith expects Wilfork to retire this offseason, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Wilfork is currently an unrestricted free agent after spending the past two seasons with the Texans. At 35 years old and with 13 NFL seasons in the books, Wilfork is obviously coming to the end of his playing career. While the five-time Pro Bowler said last month he's in no rush to make a decision, Smith's expectation echoes the sentiment that Wilfork has played his final snap.

D.J. Reader
Reader (shoulder) did not appear on the Texans' injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Packers.

Reader injured his shoulder last week against the Chargers. While he was limited in practice this week, his restrictions were likely a precautionary measure to ensure his availability for Week 13.

Stephen Anderson
Anderson caught his lone target for eight yards in Houston's 21-13 loss to San Diego in Week 12.

While Houston's tight ends have been productive this season, there's not enough targets for three of them, so Anderson will have to settle for limited looks after C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin get attention. Anderson has caught all five balls thrown his way over the past four weeks.

Kevin Johnson
Johnson (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.

Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jonathan Grimes
Grimes rushed two times for 11 yards and added 43 yards receiving on four catches in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's division-round playoff game.

Grimes' 54 yards from scrimmage were the third highest on the team behind Lamar Miller (89 yards) and DeAndre Hopkins (65). He played a total of 26 snaps over Houston's two playoff games, getting more run on offense than Alfred Blue. He's spent all or parts of the last five seasons with Houston, so he's a known commodity who understands the system. Whether that's enough for Houston to bring him back for 2017 is open to question. They have other in-house options who come cheaper -- 2016 third-round draft pick Tyler Ervin and exclusive-rights free agent Akeem Hunt.

Tyler Ervin
Ervin (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 playing time on special teams, where a pair of lost fumbles outweighed his middling work picking up yardage as a returner. It was a disappointing rookie season on the whole, 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 on obvious passing downs. 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. The team will probably 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.

Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Lonnie Ballentine
Ballentine (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.

Groin - Questionable for the start of training camp
Shane Lechler
Lechler signed a contract with the Texans on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Lechler will turn 41 in August but he proved last season that he's still one of the best punters in the league. In what was his 17th NFL season, Lechler averaged 47.5 yards per punt and had 30 kicks downed inside the 20. Given his extensive and impressive track record, he figures to have another consistently solid year in 2017.

Tony Bergstrom
Bergstrom is being released by the Texans, Mark Berman of Fox 26 KRIV reports.

Bergstrom was expected to compete for Houston's starting center job entering last season's organized team activities, but played only three offensive snaps in 2016. Greg Mancz, meanwhile, played 99.82 percent of the team's offensive snaps at center, signaling that Bergstrom must have fallen out of favor with the Texans at some point during last offseason. He will likely look to find a job with another NFL team before training camp starts.

Akeem Dent
Dent has been cleared from the league's concussion protocol.

Dent will be available for Week 1 against the Bears. He'll back up at inside linebacker, giving Brian Cushing and/or Benardrick McKinney a breather.

David Quessenberry
Texans offensive lineman David Quessenberry, diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma one year ago Wednesday, predicted he will make a return to football. 

“I will be back out there,” Quessenberry told the Texans' team site. “That will be a special day. I’ve been through a lot. That’s something that’s been a vision of mine throughout this whole process.”

Selected in the sixth round of the 2013 draft, Quessenberry has yet to log an NFL snap. He was placed on IR with a foot injury his rookie season and then received the cancer diagnosis last summer. 

Quessenberry isn't cleared to resume football activities but he has been working out and lifting weights with his teammates. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said it's not out of the question that Quessenberry plays this season. 

“I would say that this season is a possibility,” O’Brien said. “I would not rule it out. I would not rule it out, but we haven’t come to that determination yet.

Illness - Questionable for the start of training camp
Whitney Mercilus
Mercilus had a sack, three quarterback hits, two tackles and a pass defensed in Houston's 34-16 loss to New England in Saturday's AFC division-round playoff game.

Mercilus, who had two sacks in last week's win over Oakland, now has six sacks in three postseason games. He and Jadeveon Clowney were quite active Saturday, harassing New England quarterback Tom Brady all night as the Texans defense made this game tight until mid-way through the fourth quarter. Mercilus returns next season after leading Houston with 7.5 sacks over 15 regular-season games. With a healthy J.J. Watt (back) occupying blockers next season, Mercilus will be in a good position to generate a greater amount of sacks. He had 12 in 2015 when Watt was healthy.

Denzel Rice
Rice was promoted to the Texans' active roster Saturday.

Rice was signed to the team's practice squad in mid-October, but will now have a chance to prove himself on a much bigger stage. He'll provide depth for the Texans' cornerback unit.

J.J. Watt
Watt (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 with 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, and will use their offseason program to get him prepared for a full return to football activities.

Back - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ufomba Kamalu
Kamalu has been promoted to the Texans' 53-man roster from the practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kamalu has been working out at outside linebacker since signing with Houston and will serve as insurance in Sunday's road game at San Diego after the team ruled starting John Simon out due to a chest injury. Kamalu is a 6-foot-6, 295-pound undrafted free agent from the University of Miami.


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