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Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense19th108.2 (15th)239.6 (18th)
Defense3rd99.8 (9th)210.4 (3rd)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
78Aboushi, Oday G6-53086/5/19914Virginia
70Adams, Jeff (FA) G6-73059/6/19893Columbia
 Allen, Jeff T6-43061/8/19905Illinois
 Allen, Antonio DB6-12109/23/19885South Carolina
39Ballentine, Lonnie SAF6-32154/23/19933Memphis
 Barton, Karim G6-331312/13/19911Morgan State
 Bergstrom, Tony G6-53158/8/19865Utah
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22234/27/19913Louisiana State
34Bouye, A.J. CB6-01918/16/19914Central Florida
76Brown, Duane T6-43038/30/19859Virginia Tech
 Bullough, Max ILB6-32492/11/19922Michigan State
 Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/19858Southern Mississippi
58Cliett, Reshard OLB6-22224/29/19922South Florida
90Clowney, Jadeveon OLB6-52662/14/19933South Carolina
95Covington, Christian DT6-228910/16/19932Rice
56Cushing, Brian ILB6-32491/24/19878USC
27Demps, Quintin SS5-112086/29/19859Texas-El Paso
81Denham, Anthony TE6-42357/21/19912Utah
50Dent, Akeem ILB6-12399/27/19876Georgia
 Dillon, K.J. SAF6-02105/11/0001RWest Virginia
40Drummond, Kurtis FS6-12081/29/19922Michigan State
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23009/5/19922Louisville
 Ervin, Tyler RB5-919211/30/1992RSan Jose State
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. TE6-526510/22/19913Iowa
23Foster, Arian (FA) RB6-12278/24/19868Tennessee
 Freeman, Dalton C6-52916/18/19902Clemson
 Fuller, Will WR6-01724/16/1994RNotre Dame
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62541/11/19904Connecticut
41Grimes, Jonathan RB5-1020912/21/19894William & Mary
29Hal, Andre FS5-101885/30/19923Vanderbilt
38Hilliard, Kenny RB5-1122610/31/19911Louisiana State
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12186/6/19924Clemson
7Hoyer, Brian (FA) QB6-221510/13/19858Michigan State
33Hunt, Akeem RB5-101902/22/19932Purdue
25Jackson, Kareem CB5-101884/10/19887Alabama
31James, Charles (FA) DB5-91795/14/19903Charleston Southern
30Johnson, Kevin CB5-111888/5/19922Wake Forest
24Joseph, Johnathan CB5-111884/16/198411South Carolina
63Lamm, Kendall T6-63056/5/19922Appalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22378/7/197617Texas A&M
 Lenz, Josh WR6-01949/22/19901Iowa State
65Mancz, Greg C6-43014/23/19922Toledo
 Martin, Nick G6-429611/30/1992RNotre Dame
69McDonald, Andrew OL6-63109/8/19882Indiana
55McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-424611/19/19922Mississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-42587/21/19905Illinois
 Miller, Braxton WR6-120411/30/1992ROhio State
 Miller, Lamar RB5-102254/25/19915Miami (Fla.)
43Moore, Corey DB6-22061/28/19931Georgia
12Mumphery, Keith WR6-02156/5/19922Michigan State
 Nelson, Robert DB5-91752/16/19902Arizona State
72Newton, Derek T6-631311/16/19876Arkansas State
8Novak, Nick K6-01988/21/19819Maryland
 Osweiler, Brock QB6-824011/22/19905Arizona State
97Pagan, Jeoffrey DE6-33106/10/19933Alabama
52Peters, Brian LB6-323510/31/19882Northwestern (Ia)
96Pettinato, Dan DL6-42774/24/19921Arizona
35Pleasant, Eddie DB5-1021012/17/19884Oregon
22Polk, Chris (FA) RB5-1122212/16/19895Washington
45Prosch, Jay FB6-12568/21/19923Auburn
77Quessenberry, David G6-53068/24/19903San Jose State
 Reader, D.J. NT6-33407/1/1994RClemson
 Rivers, Gerald DE6-22506/22/19902Mississippi
3Savage, Tom QB6-42284/26/19903Pittsburgh
18Shorts, Cecil WR6-020212/22/19876Mount Union
51Simon, John OLB6-125210/14/19904Ohio State
62Slade, Chad OL6-53155/4/19922Auburn
 Still, Devon (FA) DT6-53107/11/19893Penn State
11Strong, Jaelen WR6-22171/25/19942Arizona State
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43071/1/19913UCLA
44Thompson, Carlos LB6-42432/16/19922Mississippi
 Tomlinson, Eric TE6-62634/22/19921Texas-El Paso
 Washington, Tony OLB6-42476/1/19921Oregon
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52893/22/19896Wisconsin
5Weeden, Brandon QB6-422810/14/19835Oklahoma State
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102462/17/19867Baylor
75Wilfork, Vince NT6-232511/4/198113Miami (Fla.)
6Yates, T.J. (FA) QB6-42175/28/19876North Carolina
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Houston6-4308.16-2293.825.82239
 
 
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
News
McKinney (concussion) returned to the lineup in Week 10 after missing two weeks and led the Texans with nine tackles in Monday night's win over the Bengals.

McKinney has started four games at inside linebacker as a rookie and has 26 combined tackles (18 solo, eight assists) in seven games played.

Tom Savage
News
The Texans intend to place quarterback Tom Savage on injured reserve, which will end his 2015 season, a source told the NFL Network. Savage suffered a shoulder injury during a recent preseason game.
Injury
Shoulder - Probable for start of season
Kenny Hilliard
News
The Texans have signed their entire 2015 draft class, per the Houston Chronicle, which is further reporting that all will be on the field Friday for rookie camp.

Those that inked their contracts are cornerback Kevin Johnson (first round), inside linebacker Benardrick McKinney (second round), receivers Jaelen Strong (third) and Keith Mumphery (fifth), outside linebacker Reshard Cliett (sixth), defensive end Christian Covington (sixth) and running back Kenny Hilliard (seventh).

McKinney's deal is reportedly worth $5.3 million, including $3.2 million guaranteed and a signing bonus of $2.1 million.

Jeoffrey Pagan
News
The Texans added some more size to their line with the first pick in the sixth round, selecting defensive lineman Jeoffrey Pagan out of the University of Alabama 177th overall.

Pagan is a 6-foot-4, 310-pound lineman who played three seasons at Alabama, racking up 60 tackles and 3 1/2 sacks.  

Andre Hal
News
Hal started at safety in place of Rahim Moore in Sunday's 20-6 win over the Titans.

The Texans were not pleased with Moore's tackling and pursuit angles in last week's embarrassing loss to the Dolphins, and he not only lost his job, but was made inactive. Hal had two tackles in Sunday's win.

Josh Lenz
News
Lenz was signed to the Texans' practice squad following a workout for the team Monday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans worked out three receivers Monday, looking for some insurance for injured wideouts Nate Washington (hamstring) and Cecil Shorts (shoulder).

Chad Slade
No Updates
Jeff Allen
News
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. 
Reshard Cliett
News
Texans rookie linebacker Reshard Cliett has been lost to a knee injury suffered during the team's first practice, per the Houston Chronicle

Cliett was a sixth-round pick by Houston out of South Florida, where he had 38 tackles and six sacks last season. 

T.J. Yates
News
Yates' (knee) torn ACL has been confirmed by testing, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports.

Yates' season will now come to a close after a couple of valiant efforts in relief of Brian Hoyer (concussion). With Yates out, Brandon Weeden becomes the Texans' stand-in starting quarterback until Hoyer clears league protocol.

DeAndre Hopkins
News
Hopkins could see fewer double team coverage as rookies Will Fuller and Braxton Miller develop over the course of the upcoming season, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Hopkins was routinely bracketed by multiple defenders last season, when the Texans lacked playmakers opposite him in their passing game. While Hopkins still broke out with a whopping 111 catches for 1,521 yards and 11 touchdowns, the draft additions of Fuller and Miller could allow him more freedom this season. Fuller ran the fastest 40-yard dash among receivers at the combine and Miller wasn't far behind him, so after they learn the nuances of Houston's offense, coach Bill O'Brien hopes opposing defenses will key less on rolling coverage toward Hopkins.

Robert Nelson
News
The Browns listed cornerback Joe Haden (shoulder) and linebacker Karlos Dansby (knee) as questionable for Sunday’s game at Carolina. Haden was able to practice Friday on a limited basis.

Also listed as questionable are Gary Barnidge (ribs), Marlon Moore (knee), Robert Nelson (hamstring) and Jabaal Sheard (foot).

The Browns ruled K’Waun Williams (hamstring) and Tashaun Gipson (knee) as out. Wide receiver Andrew Hawkins (illness) is the only player listed as probable.

The Browns are 3 ½ point underdogs to the Panthers.

Carlos Thompson
No Updates
Dalton Freeman
News
Cornerback Dee Milliner (quad) is the lone doubtful on the injury report released Friday by the Jets for their Week 4 clash against Detroit.

Wide receiver Eric Decker (hamstring) is questionable. The probables are offensive linemen Nick Mangold (shoulder), Dalton Freeman (knee) and Willie Colon (calf), running back Chris Johnson (ankle), wide receiver David Nelson (illness) and defensive tackle Muhammad Wilkerson (knee).

Jay Prosch
News
As expected, the Texans have ruled out rookie outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and safety Shiloh Keo (calf) for their Week 3 game against the host Giants.

Most of the other players are their extensive injury report are probable, though featured back Arian Foster (hamstring), offensive lineman Ben Jones (ankle/knee) and safety D.J. Swearinger (elbow) are questionable.

The probables are linebacker Akeem Dent (hamstring), tight ends Garrett Graham (ankle) and C.J. Fiodorowicz (foot), wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (illness), defensive end Tim Jamison (groin), wide receiver Andre Johnson (ankle), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (foot), nose tackle Louis Nix (wrist) and fullback Jay Prosch (hand).

Braxton Miller
No Updates
C.J. Fiedorowicz
News
Fiedorowicz caught two of three targets for 14 yards in Houston's 30-6 win over Jacksonville in Week 17.

The two catches matched Fiedorowicz's production in the previous four games. He finishes the regular season with 17 catches on 24 targets for 167 yards and a touchdown in 16 games. He's still very much the blocking tight end.

Brandon Dunn
News
The Bears have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's season finale against Minnesota: Jimmy Clausen (concussion), Robbie Gould (right quadriceps), Al Louis-Jean (hamstring), Chris Conte (back), Charles Leno, Austen Lane and Brandon Dunn.
Tony Washington
No Updates
K.J. Dillon
No Updates
Anthony Denham
News
The Texans enter their Week 14 clash against the Jaguars relatively healthy, with 13 of 16 players on the final injury report deemed probable. Those players include: Tackle Tyson Clabo (foot), inside linebacker Brian Cushing (knee), tight end Anthony Denham (illness), inside linebacker Akeem Dent (neck), running back Arian Foster (groin), running back Jonathan Grimes (ankle), cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), punter Shane Lechler (biceps), tackle Derek Newton (knee) and nose tackle Ryan Pickett (back).

Safety Danieal Manning (hamstring) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while tight end Garrett Graham (ankle) and outside linebacke Jadeveon Clowney (knee) were ruled out. Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an end this week, as the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve and will undergo another surgery on his right knee.
Antonio Allen
News
The Texans will sign Allen, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Allen, who spent last season on IR with a torn Achilles, is now in line to provide the Texans with added depth at safety, plus he can serve as a contributor on special teams. In his last NFL regular season action, Allen notched 41 tackles in 15 games (including eight starts) for the Jets in 2014.

Kendall Lamm
News
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
News
Joseph (knee) is active Sunday against the Bills.

After putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday, Joseph will be in the lineup at right cornerback. Despite being arguably the Texans best cornerback, he's only recorded a single interception this season. This week he'll look to contain Sammy Watkins and the Bills receiving corps.

Gerald Rivers
News
The Broncos have re-signed defensive end Gerald Rivers to their practice squad. Rivers was released by the Broncos Dec. 4 to sign kicker Brandon McManus. 

Rivers has been on the Dolphins and Jaguars practice squads over the last two years as well. 

Corey Moore
No Updates
Chris Polk
News
Polk (knee) did not get a carry nor was he targeted in Saturday's 30-0 loss to Kansas City in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

For a good portion of the regular season, after Arian Foster went down with a season-ending Achilles injury, Polk looked like the top backup who was threatening lead back Alfred Blue. But he eventually lost playing time to Jonathan Grimes and will enter the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. He had a career-high 99 carries for 334 yards (3.4 ypa) and caught 16 passes for 109 yards. The Texans may move on from Foster, opening up the running back job, but Polk is not considered an offseason priority.

Arian Foster
News
Foster (Achilles) visited the Dolphins on Tuesday but left without a contract offer, Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald reports. Afterward, Miami executive Mike Tannenbaum told Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald that Foster is "a little bit away" from being healthy.

Foster is five months removed from tearing the Achilles in his right foot, so it's no surprise that he remains in the midst of rehabilitation. Coming off a three-year span in which he appeared in 25 of a possible 48 games, an incentive-laden deal is likely in the 29-year-old's future, but a team such as the Dolphins could use his veteran presence to groom 2015 fifth-round pick Jay Ajayi with Lamar Miller poised to serve as Foster's replacement in Houston. While other organizations are sure to inquire about Foster, his status for the 2016 campaign remains in limbo.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for start of season
Kareem Jackson
News
Jackson (ankle) is active Sunday against the Saints.

After missing last week's game, Jackson will be back in the lineup at left cornerback. Since he was able to put in two full practices, he should be in good shape to square off against the Saints receivers and their high-powered passing attack.

Jeff Adams
News
Texans offensive tackle Jeff Adams (knee) was placed on the injured reserve, the Texans' official site reports.

Adams is out for the season, leaving the Texans to fill a void in the offensive line at left guard.

Eddie Pleasant
News
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.

Brock Osweiler
News
Osweiler's deal with the Texans is believed to be a four-year, $72-million pact, the Denver Post reports.

The report suggests that the Broncos offered Osweiler a multi-year deal worth more than $16 million per year to remain with Denver, but he'll instead get a fresh start with the Texans, a team that has been longing for some stability at the quarterback position.

Cecil Shorts
News
Shorts (hamstring) caught one of three targets for five yards in Saturday's 30-0 loss to Kansas City in the wild-card round of the playoffs. He and fellow wideout Nate Washington combined for just two catches and eight yards in the loss, but most of that can be attributed to the poor play of quarterback Brian Hoyers.

Shorts was third on the Texans in targets (75), receptions (42) and yards (484), but had some difficulty staying on the field while dealing with hamstring and shoulder injuries. Shorts can be retained by the Texans for the 2016 season, but there might be a push to give Jaelen Strong a more prominent role. The team's first priority is figuring out their quarterback situation, which will obviously impact Shorts' value next season.

Brian Peters
No Updates
Kurtis Drummond
No Updates
Oday Aboushi
News
Jets offensive lineman Oday Aboushi was waived by the Jets on Wednesday, Seth Walder of The New York Daily News reports.

His release comes one day after he was reinstated from a suspension stemming from a violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Aboushi started 10 games for the Jets last season, but will now look to catch on with another team and provide depth along the offensive line.

Brian Cushing
News
Cushing recorded 13 tackles (nine solo) with an interception in Saturday's playoff loss to the Chiefs.

After a couple of injury plagued seasons, Cushing has played 30 games the last two seasons, including all 16 in 2015. Cushing proved he's not done as an elite inside linebacker.

Akeem Hunt
News
Hunt had three carries for 27 yards in Houston's 24-6 win over New Orleans in Week 12.

Hunt has been used in each of the two games since being signed off the practice squad, but Houston's backfield is mighty crowded right now, so Hunt's upside is limited. He's played a total of seven offensive snaps in the two games, but has touched the ball six times (five carries, one reception).

Alfred Blue
News
Blue gained 99 yards on 17 carries in Sunday's 30-0 loss to the Chiefs. He was unable to bring in his only target in the passing game.

The second-year back flirted with the 100-yard mark against a stout Chiefs defensive front, although the majority of his production on the day came on a 50-yard burst in the first half. Blue saw his playing time wane as the Texans got further and further behind, limiting what could've been an even better day. Blue flashed at times as the fill-in for the injured Arian Foster this season, but his best-case scenario heading into next season will see him as the top backup to the latter.

Nick Novak
News
Novak has signed a one-year contract to remain with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Novak initially signed with the Texans after Randy Bullock struggled to begin last season. In taking over Houston's kicking duties, Novak connected on 29-of-31 extra points and 18-of-21 field goals, converting all of his attempts inside the 50-yard line as well.

Xavier Su'a-Filo
News
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
News
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.

>> Want more NFL offseason? >> Mock drafts | Free agency tracker

Karim Barton
News
The Browns signed quarterback Connor Shaw, linebackers Justin Staples and Keith Pough, offensive linemen Patrick Lewis and Karim Barton, tight end Emmanuel Ogbuehi and receiver Charles Johnson to their practice squad.
Duane Brown
News
Texans tackle Duane Brown (thumb) has been designated as questionable for the Week 4 clash against Atlanta.

Brown has been described as a game-time decision by coach Bill O'Brien, but after practicing on a limited basis Friday, the offensive tackle appears to have a solid chance to re-enter the team's offensive line mix.

Greg Mancz
No Updates
Christian Covington
News
Covington had two tackles, including his first sack of the season, in Monday night's 10-6 win over the Bengals.

Covington is starting to get more playing time, taking snaps away from Vince Wilfork who has been a better personality than a tackler for Houston.

Jon Weeks
News
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.
Andrew McDonald
News
Quarterback Brian Hoyer (shoulder) and cornerback Justin Gilbert, who is being disciplined, headline the inactives posted by the Browns for their Sunday game in Baltimore. Also hurt and out are defensive tackle Ahtyba Rubin (ankle) and tackle Ryan Seymour (hamstring).

A trio of healthy scratches include long snapper Charley Hughlett, offensive lineman Andrew McDonald and wideout Phil Bates.

Nick Martin
No Updates
Eric Tomlinson
No Updates
A.J. Bouye
News
Bouye has signed a one year deal with the Texans.

Bouye received a restricted free agent tender, so any team could make him an offer and the Texans would've been able to match, but that didn't happen. He has played with Houston for each of his first three professional seasons, though he took a bit of a step back last year. From the 2014 to the 2015 campaign, Bouye's tackles went from 59 to 16, and his interception total went from three to two. The dip in stats is associated with a drastic drop in playing time, as his defensive snap count went from 56.6 percent in 2014 to 17.7 percent in 2015. He'll be looking to rebound in the coming year, but he's still buried on the depth chart.

Brian Hoyer
News
Hoyer will sign a one-year deal with the Bears.

Hoyer was waiting out the 2016 NFL Draft before deciding on his fifth NFL destination, and he wasted no time by agreeing to terms with the Bears on Saturday evening. After starting 11 games in Houston last season, the 30-year-old will serve as a backup to Jay Cutler in 2016.

Charles James
News
James was placed on injured reserve after suffering a foot injury in Sunday's win over the Titans.

James has been playing with a foot injury the past few weeks and it finally caught up with him.

Injury
Foot - Probable for start of season
Lamar Miller
News
In the wake of the departure of Arian Foster, Miller is expected to move into a key role with the Texans, as a key cog in the team's reshaped offense, the Houston Chronicle reports. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity," said Miller, who only hit the 20-carry mark once this past season with the Dolphins. "I've been following Houston for a while now. I know in this offense they get their running backs involved. I just wanted to be a part of that. I feel like with my skill set, I can help this offense."

Miller rushed for a total of 872 yards and eight touchdowns on 194 carries with Miami last season, while adding 47 catches for 397 yards and two receiving scores. In the Houston offense, now helmed by quarterback Brock Osweiler, we'd expect Miller to see an increased workload and if he can hold up to the added pounding that entails, Miller is a candidate to see a nice uptick in production while clearly heading his new team's backfield.

Jaelen Strong
News
Strong was reportedly arrested for possession of marijuana in Scottsdale, Arizona on Sunday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 2015 third-rounder caught 14 passes for 161 yards and had three touchdowns in 10 games games as a rookie for the Texans last year and appeared in line to see an increased role in the team's offense this coming season. That could still occur, though Sunday's events could potentially lead to Strong being subject to discipline at the hands of the NFL.

Devon Still
News
The Bengals cut ties with defensive lineman Devon Still on Saturday, a source told ProFootballTalk. Still totaled 19 tackles in 12 games last season.
Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin was targeted eight times and had three catches for 29 yards in Saturday's 30-0 playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Griffin became the Texans primary receiving tight end once he was activated mid-season off short-term injured reserve. During the regular season, Griffin had 20 catches (34 targets) and two touchdowns in nine games. Despite Griffin's eight targets in the playoff loss, the tight end position has never evolved into a big target in head coach Bill O'Brien's passing offense.

Chris Clark
News
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.
Keith Mumphery
News
Mumphrey, a 2015 fifth-round draft pick, appeared in all 16 games for the Texans this season. The rookie out of Michigan State caught 14 of 32 targets for 129 yards and was Houston's main return man.

Mumphrey got some elevated usage on offense during an early stretch of the regular season when either Nate Washington or Cecil Shorts were inactive, but didn't have a catch nor a target in the final eight games. On special teams, he averaged 24.1 yards per kick return and 7.8 per punt return.

Max Bullough
News
The Texans placed linebacker Max Bullough on injured reserve and promoted tight end Anthony Denham from the practice squad, reports ESPN.com.
Jadeveon Clowney
News
Clowney won't require offseason foot surgery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

In Week 16, Clowney sustained a foot injury that claimed his availability in the season finale and the wild-card loss to the Chiefs. Prior to that unfortunate development, he realized some of his vast potential as a pass rusher, racking up 4.5 sacks among 40 tackles (27 solo) and a forced fumble. If he can ever avoid the injury bug, he would augment an already imposing pass-rushing duo of J.J. Watt (groin) and Whitney Mercilus.

Injury
Foot - Probable for start of season
Will Fuller
News
Fuller will start his career with Houston as an outside receiver. "Will will come in and start on the outside, but he does a number of different things," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He'll start off as an outside receiver, but as he learns and he gets better every day, we'll begin to move him around and do different things with him."

It's not a surprise the Texans will use someone as speedy as Fuller outside the numbers, but we're intrigued at what other plans O'Brien has for him. When training camp rolls around, we'll get a clearer picture of how the Texans plan to deploy their first-round pick.

Brandon Weeden
News
Weeden has re-signed with the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Weeden played for both the Cowboys and Texans last season, passing for 305 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions in two appearances for Houston, where he'll remain this season. Although he's destined for a backup position, Weeden's signing serves as another indication that the Texans will trade fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer this offseason.

Vince Wilfork
News
After spending 11 seasons with the Patriots, Texans defensive tackle Vince Wilfork is ready to put pressure on his new teammates and coaches to raise their performance levels, according to the team's official website.

"You have to put pressure on each individual, and that’s what I’m going to do," Wilfork said. "I’m going to put pressure on everybody. Not just myself. Not just the older guys. Not just J.J. (Watt). The quarterback. The coaches. No. It’s everybody."

"I’m not a rah-rah guy," Wilfork said. "And that’s one of the things that they’ll get to know quick. I love to have fun. I have the passion. I love the game. But if I need to say something, I will say something."

Entering his 12th season, the five-time All-Pro selection has recorded 516 total tackles, 16 sacks, 25 passes defensed, three interceptions and four forced fumbles.

D.J. Reader
No Updates
Kevin Johnson
News
Johnson played Saturday's playoff game against the Chiefs with a broken left wrist suffered during the regular season, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson will undergo surgery soon to repair the damage. The Texans' first-round draft pick in 2015 10 of 16 games in the regular, recording 54 tackles, one interception and nine passes defensed. And now Johnson has some playoff experience under his belt.

Jonathan Grimes
News
Grimes and the Texans agreed to a one-year extension on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Grimes will stay in Houston for at least one more season, though the specifics of the contract are still unknown. In his last three seasons in Houston he recorded 116 caries for 508 yards, 38 receptions for 355 yards, and three total touchdowns in 32 games. He'll look to compete for second-string reps next season behind new addition Lamar Miller.

Quintin Demps
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Demps re-signed with the Texans on Thursday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 reports.

Demps was a late addition to the Texans' roster just prior to the start of the 2015 season, but he ended up playing a key role in the secondary. He racked up 61 tackles (35 solo), 0.5 sacks, six passes defensed, one interception, one touchdown, and a forced fumble in 14 games. He was also briefly used in the kick return game.

Tyler Ervin
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The Texans selected Ervin in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft, 119th overall.

Ervin was an immensely productive runner at San Jose State, capping off his career there with a 1,601 yard campaign in 2015. He not only had a 300-yard game against Fresno state, but he followed that up the next week with a 160-yard outing at Auburn. Ervin is a burner (4.41 40-yard dash) skill position player, which has become a theme in this draft for the Texas, who are clearly emphasizing speed and play makers. He lacks the size to be an every down back at the next level, and Lamar Miller's presence ensures that Ervin won't be a workhorse early on his his career; however, if coach Bill O'Brien can find a way to get the ball into Ervin's hands, he could be a legitimate play maker capable of tearing off chunk plays.

John Simon
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Texans featured back Arian Foster is listed as questionable for the Sunday game in Cleveland, but various report have him as likely sidelined. If that is the case, only he and cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee) will be absent. Jackson has already been ruled out.

The probables including premier linebackers Jadeveon Clowney and Brian Cushing, both with knee injuries, as well as Brooks Reed (groin), Jeff Tarpinian (knee), Justin Tuggle (shoulder) and John Simon (ankle). Cornerbacks Johnathan Joseph (concussion/knee) and Darryl Morris (ankle) are also probable.

Lonnie Ballentine
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Ballentine suffered a season-ending knee injury during Sunday's game against the Jaguars, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

A 2014 seventh-round draft pick, Ballentine get mosts of his snaps on special teams. He'll likely be placed on injured reserve Monday or Tuesday.

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Shane Lechler
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The Texans enter their Week 14 clash against the Jaguars relatively healthy, with 13 of 16 players on the final injury report deemed probable. Those players include: Tackle Tyson Clabo (foot), inside linebacker Brian Cushing (knee), tight end Anthony Denham (illness), inside linebacker Akeem Dent (neck), running back Arian Foster (groin), running back Jonathan Grimes (ankle), cornerback Kareem Jackson (knee), wide receiver Andre Johnson (rest), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (ankle), punter Shane Lechler (biceps), tackle Derek Newton (knee) and nose tackle Ryan Pickett (back).

Safety Danieal Manning (hamstring) was the only player on the report deemed questionable, while tight end Garrett Graham (ankle) and outside linebacke Jadeveon Clowney (knee) were ruled out. Clowney's disappointing rookie season has come to an end this week, as the team placed him on season-ending injured reserve and will undergo another surgery on his right knee.
Tony Bergstrom
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The Raiders have listed WR Denarius Moore, WR Vincent Brown, CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB T.J. Carrie, G Tony Bergstrom, T Menelik Watson and DT Stacy McGee as inactive Week 17 against the Broncos.

Brown, Chekwa and Moore had all been ruled out prior to Sunday. Both Carrie and Watson entered the contest listed as questionable. Carrie is dealing with an ankle injury. Watson has foot and ankle issues. Bergstrom and McGee are healthy scratches. 

Akeem Dent
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The Texans will re-sign veteran linebacker Akeem Dent to a two-year contract, according to a report from ESPN's Josina Anderson

Dent started seven games a year ago for the Texans in his first season with Houston. He was originally selected in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Falcons. The Falcons traded Dent to the Texans for backup quarterback T.J. Yates in 2014. 

In his four-year career, Dent has totaled 174 tackles and 2 1/2 sacks. 

David Quessenberry
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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.

Whitney Mercilus
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Mercilus recorded eight tackles (five solo) including three sacks in Saturday's playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Mercilus finished up the season in style with 6.5 sacks in Week 17 and the wild-card round of the playoffs. The Texans locked him up in the offseason leading up to 2015, and he was a big part of the defense that finished third in pass defense and fifth in sacks. Merciuls, Jadeveon Clowney and J.J. Watt are the keys to Houston's pass defense.

J.J. Watt
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Watt is nearly recovered from offseason groin surgery, Peter King of Sports Illustrated reports. "I am very, very close to being back to 100 percent," he said recently.

At the conclusion of the 2015 campaign, Watt was apparently sporting five partially or full torn core muscles, yet the ailments didn't stop him from nabbing his third NFL Defensive Player of the Year award in a four-year span. In particular, he notched 17.5 sacks among 76 tackles last season, to which he added three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in a full 16-game slate.

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