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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 G6-53086/5/19913Virginia
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22234/27/19912Louisiana State
34Bouye, A.J. CB6-01918/16/19913Central Florida
79Brooks, Brandon G6-53358/19/19894Miami (Ohio)
53Bullough, Max ILB6-32492/11/19921Michigan State
74Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/19857Southern Mississippi
90Clowney, Jadeveon OLB6-52662/14/19932South Carolina
95Covington, Christian DT6-228910/16/1993RRice
93Crick, Jared DE6-42858/21/19894Nebraska
56Cushing, Brian ILB6-32491/24/19877USC
2Daniels, B.J. QB5-1121710/24/19893South Florida
27Demps, Quintin SS5-112086/29/19858Texas-El Paso
50Dent, Akeem ILB6-12399/27/19875Georgia
40Drummond, Kurtis FS6-12081/29/1992RMichigan State
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23009/5/19921Louisville
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. TE6-526510/22/19912Iowa
 Foster, Arian RB6-12278/24/19867Tennessee
88Graham, Garrett TE6-32438/4/19866Wisconsin
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62541/11/19903Connecticut
41Grimes, Jonathan RB5-1020912/21/19893William & Mary
29Hal, Andre FS5-101885/30/19922Vanderbilt
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12186/6/19923Clemson
7Hoyer, Brian QB6-221510/13/19857Michigan State
33Hunt, Akeem RB5-101902/22/1993RPurdue
25Jackson, Kareem CB5-101884/10/19886Alabama
30Johnson, Kevin CB5-111888/5/1992RWake Forest
60Jones, Ben C6-33087/2/19894Georgia
24Joseph, Johnathan CB5-111884/16/198410South Carolina
63Lamm, Kendall T6-63056/5/1992RAppalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22378/7/197616Texas A&M
69McDonald, Andrew OL6-63109/8/19882Indiana
55McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-424611/19/1992RMississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-42587/21/19904Illinois
43Moore, Corey DB6-22061/28/1993RGeorgia
26Moore, Rahim FS6-11952/11/19905UCLA
21Morris, Darryl DB5-101889/4/19903Texas State
12Mumphery, Keith WR6-02156/5/1992RMichigan State
72Newton, Derek T6-631311/16/19875Arkansas State
8Novak, Nick K6-01988/21/19818Maryland
97Pagan, Jeoffrey DE6-33106/10/19932Alabama
52Peters, Brian LB6-323510/31/19881Northwestern (Ia)
35Pleasant, Eddie DB5-1021012/17/19883Oregon
22Polk, Chris RB5-1122212/16/19894Washington
45Prosch, Jay FB6-12568/21/19922Auburn
77Quessenberry, David G6-53068/24/19903San Jose State
18Shorts, Cecil WR6-020212/22/19875Mount Union
51Simon, John OLB6-125210/14/19903Ohio State
11Strong, Jaelen WR6-22171/25/1994RArizona State
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43071/1/19912UCLA
57Tuggle, Justin OLB6-32491/4/19903Kansas State
85Washington, Nate WR6-11838/28/198311Tiffin University
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52893/22/19895Wisconsin
5Weeden, Brandon QB6-422810/14/19834Oklahoma State
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102462/17/19866Baylor
75Wilfork, Vince NT6-232511/4/198112Miami (Fla.)
Injured Players
70Adams, Jeff (IR) G6-73059/6/19892Columbia
39Ballentine, Lonnie (IR) SAF6-32154/23/19932Memphis
76Brown, Duane (IR) T6-43038/30/19858Virginia Tech
58Cliett, Reshard (IR) OLB6-22224/29/1992RSouth Florida
81Denham, Anthony (IR) TE6-42357/21/19911Utah
31James, Charles (IR) DB5-91795/14/19902Charleston Southern
65Mancz, Greg (IR) C6-43014/23/1992RToledo
3Savage, Tom (IR) QB6-42284/26/19902Pittsburgh
62Slade, Chad (IR) OL6-53155/4/1992RAuburn
44Thompson, Carlos (IR) LB6-42432/16/1992RMississippi
6Yates, T.J. (IR) QB6-42175/28/19875North Carolina
Practice Squad
 Barton, Karim G6-331312/13/19911Morgan State
 Dewalt-Ondijo, Jordan LB6-42395/19/1992RDuke
 Freeman, Dalton C6-52916/18/19902Clemson
38Hilliard, Kenny RB5-1122610/31/1991RLouisiana State
 Lenz, Josh WR6-01949/22/19901Iowa State
 Nelson, Robert DB5-91752/16/19902Arizona State
96Pettinato, Dan DL6-42774/24/1992RArizona
 Rivers, Gerald DE6-22506/22/19902Mississippi
 Tomlinson, Eric TE6-62634/22/1992RTexas-El Paso
 Worthy, Chandler WR5-91739/15/1993RTroy
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Houston6-5310.16-3299.726.02239
 
 
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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 - IR. Out for season
Chandler Worthy
News
Wide receiver Chandler Worthy has been signed to the Texans' practice squad.

Worthy was released from the active roster earlier this week. He knows the system and has appeared in three games, both as a receiver and kick returner, so Worthy has familiarity with the system.

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.

B.J. Daniels
News
Daniels completed 1-of-2 passes for seven yards and rushed six times for six yards in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Daniels was signed last week and had a crash course in the offense. He mostly ran zone-read stuff and the Titans were prepared for it, but he could be utilized similarly in Week 17 against the Jaguars.

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.  

Justin Tuggle
News
The Texans released a lengthy injury report that included 16 players leading up to Week 12 against Cincinnati. 13 of the 16 players on the list were deemed probable.

Kareem Jackson (knee) was the only player ruled out, while Arian Foster (groin) and Max Bullough (hamstring) were deemed questionable.

The following players were ruled as probable for Sunday: Tyson Clabo (foot), Jadeveon Clowney (knee), Brian Cushing (knee), Akeem Dent (neck), Jonathan Grimes (ankle), Andre Johnson (rest), Johnathan Joseph (knee), Ryan Mallett (chest), Whitney Mercilus (knee), Mike Mohamed (hip), Darryl Morris (ankle), Jeff Tarpinian (knee) and Justin Tuggle (shoulder).

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
Injury
Jordan Dewalt-Ondijo
No Updates
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. 

Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for 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.

Injury
Knee - IR. Out for season
DeAndre Hopkins
News
Hopkins caught just six of 11 balls thrown his way for 69 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

The Pro-Bowler's lack of dominant production was largely the fault of Brian Hoyer, who struggled mightily on the day, completing fewer than half of his passes and turning the ball over five times. That said, Hopkins easily could have had a much better day, as Hoyer overthrew him on a fade rout in the end zone before he had a big gain nullified by an offensive pass interference penalty. Nuk amazingly set career-highs in nearly every receiving category this season despite playing with an inept quartet of quarterbacks, and his prominent role in the Houston offense will make him a desirable fantasy asset once again next season.

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
Injury
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).

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.
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.
Injury
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
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.

Darryl Morris
News
Texans linebacker Brian Cushing (knee) is active for the game against Tennessee after being listed as probable. He has 64 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in eight games.

Also suiting up for Houston are linebacker Max Bullough (hamstring), offensive tackle Tyson Clabo (foot), cornerback Johnathan Joseph (knee), safety Kendrick Lewis (knee), linebacker Mike Mohamed (hip), cornerback Darryl Morris (thigh), nose tackle Ryan Pickett (back), safety D.J. Swearinger (ankle) and linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (ankle).

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. 

Garrett Graham
News
Graham was inactive for Saturday's playoff game against the Chiefs.

Graham was once an up-and-coming tight end, who caught 49 of 89 targets with five touchdowns in 2013. The Texans re-signed him to a three-year deal coming off that season, but he was from a different regime and never became an important piece for head coach Bill O'Brien. Griffin played in the first eight games of the season, but never again once Ryan Griffin came off short-term injured reserve. He's got one year left on his contract, but is a candidate to be released in March.

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) has received clearance to jog, Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com reports.

Foster logged yet another abbreviated campaign after tearing his right Achilles tendon on Oct. 25. In the meantime, it's been speculated that the Texans intend to move on from the oft-injured running back due to his cap figure of $9 million for the 2016 season. While Foster himself full intends to play again, he'll ease into his rehab process.

Injury
Achilles - IR. Out for 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.

Injury
Eddie Pleasant
News
Every player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts. 

Studs like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing will play. Alfred Blue and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also cleared. 

The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game. 

Nate Washington
News
Washington caught one of six targets for three yards in Saturday's playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Washington, like every ball catcher, was hampered by the poor play of quarterback Brian Hoyer in the 30-0 loss to Kansas City. He finished the regular season second in receptions (47), targets (94) and yards (658), though he was rarely a difference maker. He'll be an unrestricted free agent in March and could re-sign with Houston, but with several holes to fill, the Texans won't be focused on the wideout 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 converted three of his four field-goal attempts and all three extra-point kicks in Sunday's 30-6 win over the Jaguars.

Novak and the Texans took advantage of weak-on-defense opponents the last two weeks. The team scored 64 points in wins over Tennessee and Jacksonville -- the highest point total in a two-game stretch all season -- with 22 of those points off the foot of Novak. While his leg wasn't as strong as Randy Bullock, the man he replaced in Week 4, Novak was more reliable, making 18 of his 21 field-goal attempts.

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.

Injury
Ben Jones
News
Every player listed as "probable" on the Texans injury report is active Thursday against the Colts. 

Studs like J.J. Watt, Arian Foster and Brian Cushing will play. Alfred Blue and Ryan Fitzpatrick were also cleared. 

The club will also have A.J. Bouye, Akeem Dent, Tim Jamison, Damaris Johnson, Ben Jones, Johnathan Joseph, Shane Lechler, Derek Newton, Ryan Pickett, Eddie Pleasant, D.J. Swearinger and Jeff Tarpinian available for the contest. All 12 players were listed as probable entering the game. 

Brandon Brooks
News
Texans guard Brandon Brooks (ankle, probable) played in Houston's Week 4 loss to Atlanta. The Texans' banged up offensive line got a lift with both Brooks and Duane Brown (thumb) getting back on the field.
Greg Mancz
Injury
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.

Eric Tomlinson
No Updates
A.J. Bouye
News
Texans cornerback A.J. Bouye left Thursday night's game against Indianapolis with a quadriceps injury, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bouye, who started the game in Houston's nickel package, will be checked out in the coming days.

Brian Hoyer
News
Hoyer endured a horrendous performance in Saturday's Divisional Round loss to the Chiefs, connecting on just 15 of 34 passes with no touchdowns, four interceptions and a pair of fumbles (one lost).

The veteran picked an inopportune time to have his worst outing of the season, as he registered his lowest yardage total in a game he completed and threw multiple interceptions for the first time, after totaling just seven in the previous 11 starts. Hoyer's turnovers included a crucial interception near the goal line as Houston tried to cut the Chiefs' lead to six, and he could never establish any consistency against their ferocious defense. This nightmare performance likely finished off any chance Hoyer had of heading into next season as the starter, and the Texans will likely be in the market for a quarterback this offseason.

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 - IR. Out for season
Jaelen Strong
News
Strong caught one of two targets for 17 yards in Saturday's 30-0 playoff loss to the Chiefs.

Strong got most of his usage during games when either Nate Washington or Cecil Shorts were sidelined by injury. With both veterans available Saturday, Strong's playing time took a hit. The rookie third-round pick caught 14 of his 24 targets in 10 regular seasons games, with most of his activity (10 catches, 14 targets) occurring during Week 15 through Week 17.

Jared Crick
News
Texans defensive end Jared Crick (knee) is expected to start Week 6 against the Jaguars, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Crick practiced for the first time this week Friday and is questionable on the injury report. He's started all five games thus far, recording 21 tackles, one sack and three quarterback hits.

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.

Brandon Weeden
News
With the Texans announcing that Brian Hoyer will start Week 17 against the Jaguars, Weeden will head back to a reserve role.

Weeden had filled in well for Hoyer, leading the Texans to two straight wins and putting them in place to clinch the AFC South with a win over Jacksonville.

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.

Kevin Johnson
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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
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Grimes carried four times for 15 yards and caught two passes for 12 yards in Saturday's 30-0 loss to the Chiefs in the wild-card round of the playoffs.

Grimes emerged late in the season as head coach Bill O'Brien's preferred top backup, moving ahead of Chris Polk over the final stretch of the season. He finished the season with career highs in carries (56), yards (282) and receptions (26). Grimes became a versatile part of the offense, even operating out of the Wildcat formation several times. He has three seasons in the organization, which may be a factor in whether the Texans keep him around for the 2016 season.

Quintin Demps
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Giants safety Quintin Demps practiced with the first-team defense Tuesday and it appears he will replace Stevie Brown in the starting lineup at free safety Thursday at Washington after Brown was benched Sunday against the Texans.

"We're looking at all the possibilities. We're just trying to get better," defensive coordinator Perry Fewell said, per NJ.com. "It was an internal Giants decision [to make the switch] and I'll just leave it at that."

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.
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 was named the NFL Defensive player of the Year at Saturday's NFL Awards ceremony.

Despite being hampered by hand and groin injuries down the stretch, Watt turned in another dominant season as the undoubted leader of the Texans' defense. Watt finished out the year with the league-lead in sacks with 17.5 totaling 118 total yards lost to go with 50 quarterback hits and eight passes defensed. He beat out St. Louis' Aaron Donald and Carolina's Luke Keuchly to take home his third DPOY award.

Rahim Moore
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Moore (illness) is out for Sunday's game against Indianapolis.

Moore has played less than half of the defensive snaps for Houston this year, so his absence shouldn't change much for the defense.

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