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Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th90.8 (29th)266.7 (7th)
Defense9th113.2 (20th)219.8 (5th)
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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)
76Brown, Duane T6-43038/30/19858Virginia Tech
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
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 SS5-101885/30/19922Vanderbilt
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
31James, Charles DB5-91795/14/19902Charleston Southern
30Johnson, Kevin SS5-111888/5/1992RWake 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
55McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-424611/19/1992RMississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-42587/21/19904Illinois
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.)
6Yates, T.J. QB6-42175/28/19875North Carolina
Injured Players
70Adams, Jeff (IR) G6-73059/6/19892Columbia
39Ballentine, Lonnie (IR) SAF6-32154/23/19932Memphis
58Cliett, Reshard (IR) OLB6-22224/29/1992RSouth Florida
81Denham, Anthony (IR) TE6-42357/21/19911Utah
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
Practice Squad
 Barton, Karim G6-331312/13/19911Morgan State
 Freeman, Dalton C6-52916/18/19902Clemson
38Hilliard, Kenny RB5-1122610/31/1991RLouisiana State
 Lenz, Josh WR6-01949/22/19901Iowa State
 Means, Steven DE6-32639/16/19902Buffalo
43Moore, Corey DB6-22061/28/1993RGeorgia
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
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
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
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.
Shoulder - IR. Out for season
Chandler Worthy
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
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
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
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
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
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
Reshard Cliett
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. 

Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
T.J. Yates
Yates, who filled in at quarterback for Brian Hoyer (concussion) in Sunday's win over the Jets, is expected to head back to the bench next week against New Orleans, the Houston Chronicle reports. "Hoyer is our starter," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "When he comes back, when he's healthy, he'll come back in there and we've spoken to T.J. about that."

Hoyer's concussion symptoms have improved significantly and is expected to start against the Saints in Week 12. Yates completed 16-of-34 for 229 yards and two touchdowns in Week 11, a 24-17 win over the Jets.

DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins (knee) had five catches on 12 targets for 118 yards and two touchdowns Sunday against the Jets.

Lining up against Darrelle Revis for most of the game, Hopkins made the Jets' corner look like a rookie, beating him a number of times, including on a 61-yard touchdown while lined up one-on-one. The change under center from Brian Hoyer to T.J. Yates did nothing to limit Hopkins' production, as he was targeted twice as much as the next highest receiver. His two touchdowns now give him nine this season, tying him for the most in franchise history. Up next is a Week 12 matchup against a Saints defense that has been awful against the pass this season.

Carlos Thompson
Dalton Freeman
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
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
Fiedorowicz was targeted twice but did not have a catch in Sunday's 44-26 loss to the Dolphins. He bobbled one of his targets, leading to Miami's Reshad Jones grabbing the loose ball and returning it 23 yards for a touchdown.

Fiedorowicz has not been used much as a receiver and while Sunday's miscue was not the reason Houston got beat, it certainly doesn't instill confidence.

Brandon Dunn
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
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.
Undisclosed - IR. Out for season
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 (knee) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Joseph injured his knee during Week 11's win over the Jets, but we also learned Wednesday that he has a wrist injury.

Knee, wrist - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Darryl Morris
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
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
Graham is inactive for Monday night's game against the Bengals.

Graham is the odd man out Monday night, with fellow TE Ryan Griffin having been activated by the Texans for Week 10's contest.

Corey Moore
No Updates
Chris Polk
Polk (knee, hamstring) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Polk's fantasy utility remains limited to deeper formats as long as both Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes remain healthy enough to play. With that in mind, Blue was limited at practice Friday, but still listed as probable for Sunday's contest.

Knee, hamstring - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Arian Foster
The Texans placed Foster (Achilles) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Foster's placement on injured reserve was primarily procedural, as it was revealed following Sunday's game that he would be lost for the rest of the season. Alfred Blue is the favorite to take over as the Texans' running back, but Jonathan Grimes and Chris Polk could get a chance to see more work as well.

Achilles - IR. Out for season
Kareem Jackson
Jackson (ankle) was a limited participant at Wednesday's practice.

Jackson, who has been inactive the last four games with an ankle injury, looks like he'll be returning to the active lineup Week 12 against the Saints.

Ankle - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Jeff Adams
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
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. 

Neck - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Steven Means
Means has been added to Houston's practice squad, the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans project Means as an outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme. He played 11 games for Tampa Bay in 2012 and 2013 and has six career tackles after being drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 draft. He was most recently with Baltimore, who released him late in September.

Nate Washington
Washington (hip) caught two of six targets for 13 yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Washington had a two-week run in which caught 13 balls, three touchdowns and gained over 200 yards, but has been limited to four catches for 45 yards the last two weeks. It should be noted that Washington's lean weeks coincided with Cecil Shorts returning to action. As Houston's quarterbacks have a full complement of wideout targets, Washington's role has been reduced.

Hip - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Cecil Shorts
Shorts caught two passes on five targets for 51 yards, rushed four times for 26 yards and threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to running back Alfred Blue during Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets.

Shorts had just one carry in his career coming into Sunday, so his four rushes were certainly unexpected. Speaking of unexpected, his touchdown pass came on an excellent trick play that allowed Blue to score untouched. While those plays paid off Sunday, they're unlikely to become a regular part of the Texans' offense, and fantasy owners will have to rely on Shorts producing more from his 5-to-6 targets per game. Up next is an excellent Week 12 matchup against a porous Saints pass defense.

Brian Peters
No Updates
Kurtis Drummond
No Updates
Oday Aboushi
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
Cushing is listed as probable for Sunday's game against Atlanta with an ankle injury.

Cushing is he Texans' leading tackler with 52 combined tackles (29 solo and 23 assisted) through six games. He's had a couple of big knee injuries during his career -- in 2012 and 2013 -- but is a couple of years removed from them and is moving well this season.

Akeem Hunt
Hunt had two carries for four yards in Sunday's 24-17 win over the Jets.

Hunt was promoted from the Texans' practice squad over the weekend to fill in for Chris Polk, who was inactive due to a hamstring injury.

Alfred Blue
Blue (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Saints after being limited in practice Friday.

All 16 players the Texans listed on their Week 12 injury report drew probable designations, but given that Blue was one of just three limited at Friday's practice his status is still worth confirming in advance of Sunday's 1:00 ET kickoff.

Back - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Nick Novak
Novak was successful on a 41-yard field goal and booted four extra points in Sunday's win over the Jaguars.

Since missing his first kick with Houston -- a 53-yard field goal attempt in Week 4 -- Novak has converted all three of his field goals and nine extra points.

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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Karim Barton
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
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.

Ben Jones
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
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
Christian Covington
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.

Hip - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
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.
Eric Tomlinson
No Updates
A.J. Bouye
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.

Concussion - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Brian Hoyer
Hoyer (concussion) is slated to start Sunday's game against the Saints.

Working in Hoyer's favor in Week 12 is that he'll take aim at a Saints' defense that has allowed a league-high 28 passing TDs to date, while giving up an average of 293.1 passing yards per game. On that front, only the Giants have allowed more (309.9) yardage in the air.

Concussion - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Charles James
James was claimed off waivers by the Texans, the Houston Chronicle reports.

James will provide some depth on special teams but also on defense as the team announced starting cornerback Kareem Jackson (ankle) unlikely to play Week 7 against Miami.

Foot - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Jaelen Strong
Strong is inactive for Monday night's game against the Bengals.

Strong is the odd man out in the Texans' Week 10 wideout corps, with Cecil Shorts back in action for the team Monday night.

Jared Crick
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
Griffin caught both of his targets for six yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Griffin was activated off short-term IR last week and was targeted six times in a win over the Bengals, which had been an encouraging sign for his future involvement in the offense. Alas, he was a bit player in Week 11, like the rest of the team's tight ends.

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.
Keith Mumphery
Mumphrey returned three punts for 28 yards and one kickoff for 29 yards in Sunday's win over the Titans. He also played 40 snaps on offense and had one catch on two targets for three yards.

Mumphrey had a lot more involvement in Week 8 due to Cecil Shorts being held out for a second straight week with a hamstring injury, but his playing time hasn't translated into the targets. He has two catches and five targets the last two weeks with Shorts inactive.

Max Bullough
The Texans placed linebacker Max Bullough on injured reserve and promoted tight end Anthony Denham from the practice squad, reports ESPN.com.
Shoulder, hamstring - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney (back) recorded two tackles (one solo), including half a sack, a quarterback hit and a pass defensed in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Clowney had sat out the Texans' previous game with a muscular issue in his back.

Wrist - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
Brandon Weeden
The Texans have claimed Weeden on waivers from the Cowboys, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports.

Per the report, the move would appear to signal that Brian Hoyer (concussion) could be out this Sunday against the Jets, and in such a scenario, Weeden would bolster the Texans' QB depth behind T.J. Yates.

Vince Wilfork
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
Johnson will start at cornerback in place of the injured Kareem Jackson (sprained ankle) in Week 7 against the Dolphins, the Houston Chronicle reports. "He's done a good job. It's not easy to come into this league as a rookie and play corner," head coach Bill O'Brien said. "He's able to play outside or inside. He studies tape. He's a smart player and a good reactor. He's able to play off, play press."

Johnson, Houston's first-round pick in 2015, is making his first start at cornerback, but he did start at safety in the Atlanta and Indianapolis games when the Texans went with a different look. The rookie has played 69 percent of the team's defensive snaps and 42 percent of the special-teams snaps through six games.

Jonathan Grimes
Grimes rushed for a season-high 37 yards on six carries and caught all three of his targets for 28 yards in Sunday's win over the Jets.

The 65 yards gained from scrimmage were also a season high for Grimes. He generally shares the backup duties with Chris Polk, but Polk was inactive for this game due to a hamstring injury.

Quintin Demps
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
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
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.

Dan Pettinato
No Updates
Shane Lechler
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
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. 

Hamstring - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
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.

Whitney Mercilus
Mercilus filled in for the injured Jadeveon Clowney (back) and had 3.5 sacks, four quarterback hits and four tackles for loss in Sunday's win over the Titans.

Mercilus has seen his snap count reduced since Clowney has been available, but he's not around, Mercilus has been productive with 5.5 sacks this season.

Back - Probable for Week 12 vs. New Orleans
J.J. Watt
Watt recorded eight solo tackles, including two sacks, five tackles for a loss and five quarterback hits in Sunday's win over the Jets.

Watt, who leads the NFL at 11.5 sacks, has posted four straight seasons with double-digit sacks.

Rahim Moore
Former Broncos safety Rahim Moore has agreed to terms with the Texans, according to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter. 

Moore was a second-round selection out of UCLA by the Broncos in the 2011 NFL draft. In his four seasons with Denver, Moore totaled 196 tackles and eight interceptions. Four of those interceptions came this past season. 

However, Moore will long be linked with allowing Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco pass to go over his head and into the arms of receiver Jacoby Jones for a late 70-yard touchdown in a divisional round playoff game following the 2012 regular season. The Ravens won that game in double overtime as a result. 

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