|Offense||29th||115.3 (11th)||204.3 (30th)|
|Defense||8th||135.4 (29th)||184.7 (2nd)|
|28||Blue, Alfred||RB||6-2||225||4/27/1991||3||Louisiana State|
|21||Bouye, A.J.||CB||6-0||191||8/16/1991||4||Central Florida|
|76||Brown, Duane||T||6-4||315||8/30/1985||9||Virginia Tech|
|53||Bullough, Max||ILB||6-3||245||2/11/1992||2||Michigan State|
|74||Clark, Chris||T||6-5||305||10/1/1985||8||Southern Mississippi|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||DE||6-5||270||2/14/1993||3||South Carolina|
|27||Demps, Quintin||SS||5-11||210||6/29/1985||9||Texas-El Paso|
|34||Ervin, Tyler||RB||5-10||185||10/7/1993||R||San Jose State|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||180||4/16/1994||R||Notre Dame|
|41||Grimes, Jonathan||RB||5-10||210||12/21/1989||4||William & Mary|
|93||Heath, Joel||DT||6-5||300||6/18/1993||R||Michigan State|
|31||James, Charles||DB||5-9||185||5/14/1990||3||Charleston Southern|
|20||Jones, Don||DB||5-11||195||5/14/1990||4||Arkansas State|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||185||4/16/1984||11||South Carolina|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||310||6/5/1992||2||Appalachian State|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||230||8/7/1976||17||Texas A&M|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||ILB||6-4||260||11/19/1992||2||Mississippi State|
|13||Miller, Braxton||WR||6-1||205||11/30/1992||R||Ohio State|
|26||Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||220||4/25/1991||5||Miami (Fla.)|
|12||Mumphery, Keith||WR||6-0||210||6/5/1992||2||Michigan State|
|32||Nelson, Robert||DB||5-10||180||2/16/1990||2||Arizona State|
|17||Osweiler, Brock||QB||6-8||235||11/22/1990||5||Arizona State|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||240||10/31/1988||2||Northwestern (Ia)|
|77||Quessenberry, David||T||6-5||306||8/24/1990||3||San Jose State|
|51||Simon, John||OLB||6-1||260||10/14/1990||4||Ohio State|
|94||Smith, Antonio||DE||6-3||290||10/21/1981||13||Oklahoma State|
|11||Strong, Jaelen||WR||6-2||205||1/25/1994||2||Arizona State|
|5||Weeden, Brandon||QB||6-4||230||10/14/1983||5||Oklahoma State|
|75||Wilfork, Vince||NT||6-2||325||11/4/1981||13||Miami (Fla.)|
|36||Dillon, K.J. (IR)||SAF||6-0||200||5/11/1993||R||West Virginia|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis (IR)||FS||6-1||208||1/29/1992||2||Michigan State|
|7||Fairbairn, Ka'imi (IR)||K||6-0||185||1/29/1994||R||UCLA|
|30||Johnson, Kevin (IR)||CB||6-0||185||8/5/1992||2||Wake Forest|
|Leonard, Richard (IR)||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
|66||Martin, Nick (IR)||C||6-4||299||4/29/1993||R||Notre Dame|
|72||Newton, Derek (IR)||T||6-6||315||11/16/1987||6||Arkansas State|
|48||Rivers, Gerald (IR)||LB||6-2||250||6/22/1990||2||Mississippi|
|57||Scarlett, Brennan (IR)||LB||6-3||260||7/31/1993||R||Stanford|
|91||Still, Devon (IR)||DT||6-5||305||7/11/1989||4||Penn State|
|49||Washington, Tony (IR)||OLB||6-4||247||6/1/1992||1||Oregon|
|99||Watt, J.J. (IR)||DE||6-5||295||3/22/1989||6||Wisconsin|
|14||Bundrage, Quenton||WR||6-2||190||9/13/1991||R||Iowa State|
|Cheek, Joseph||G||6-7||311||12/2/1992||R||Texas A&M|
|94||Kamalu, Ufomba||DE||6-6||297||11/2/1992||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|61||Lee, Eric||LB||6-3||260||8/6/1994||R||South Florida|
|42||Rashad, Shakeel||LB||6-2||235||3/17/1994||R||North Carolina|
|Rice, Denzel||SAF||6-0||196||3/31/1993||2||Coastal Carolina|
|83||Tomlinson, Eric||TE||6-6||263||4/22/1992||1||Texas-El Paso|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
McKinney has now recorded at least nine tackles in each of his last five contests, and he's averaging 11 stops during that span. On the season, he's also recorded three sacks along with a forced fumble, making him an outstanding producer in IDP leagues.
Savage has been sharp during the preseason in relief of starting quarterback Brock Osweiler, earning the backup role ahead of Brandon Weeden. Through three games, the Pitt product has completed 25-of-47 passes for 318 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions for a rating of 95.9. His 53.9 percent completion percentage is not too impressive, but he's dealt with uneven circumstances, playing mostly with the twos and threes. "I think he's improved," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "I'd just like to see steady improvement from him. I think one of the things that we have to do at that position on Thursday is take care of the football, manage the game properly, move the sticks on third down, execute in the red area, get us into the right plays."
Jones' arrival will add depth at safety after the team was forced to place K.J. Dillon on IR with a torn ACL. The Texans' will be the fifth team Jones plays for thus far in his four-year career.
Hopkins led Houston in the major receiving categories Monday, but it was another underwhelming performance precipitated by pitiful quarterback play. Despite Hopkins' huge talent, much-maligned signal-caller Brock Osweiler still isn't consistently on the same page as his top wideout, explaining Hopkins' latest inefficient showing. While Denver's vaunted secondary surely posed a problematic matchup, Hopkins has still caught just 36 of the 69 passes throwing his way, and has topped the 60-yard mark just twice this term. Fortunately for him, Sunday's matchup against a Lions secondary that has allowed a league-high 18 passing touchdowns should provide little resistance, particularly if top cornerback Darius Slay (hamstring) is unable to play.
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).
Miller had missed two games because of the hamstring, but has been on the field each of the last two weeks and will play Monday night against Denver.
No Houston pass-catcher recorded more than 36 yards receiving on Monday, which can be attributed to both Denver's unyielding defense and Brock Osweiler's detestable performance. On the bright side, Fiedorowicz has now accumulated 20 targets over his last three games, a sign that he is becoming a favorite target of Osweiler's. He is an enticing streaming option for Week 8 against a Lions defense that has given up seven touchdowns to tight ends this season.
Dunn had jumped from the practice squad to the active roster and back down again earlier this season, while he has yet to make an impact defensively. He'll look to secure his roster spot for a longer period of time as he provides depth behind Vince Wilfork and D.J. Reader at nose tackle.
Dillon's injury appeared to be serious right out of the gate, and the MRI results didn't bode well for much optimism as he'll miss the remainder of his rookie season. The Texans signed veteran Don Jones on Wednesday to provide depth at safety in Dillon's absence.
Joseph has started every game for the Texans this season, but found himself on the injury report this week due to a forearm injury. However, he has been able to practice, which seems to imply he is trending toward another start Monday against the Broncos.
Rivers was waived-injured by the Texans on Tuesday and he cleared waivers, making him eligible for IR. It's unclear what his injury is, but he'll have plenty of time to recover now that h's done for the season.
Scarlett appeared in five games throughout the first six weeks of the 2016 season for the Texans, recording just five total tackles. His absence won't have much of an impact for the defense, while the team was able to sign defensive tackle Brandon Dunn to fill the open roster spot.
Moore sustained a concussion during Sunday's game against the Broncos. He appears questionable to play this weekend.
An undrafted free agent, Bundrage signed with the Texans in July, but he was unable to find a role in a deep receiving corps in Houston. He caught 41 passes for 548 yards and four touchdowns in his final season last year at Iowa State.
Jackson struggled in his return, but has had a rough year even when healthy, surrendering a touchdown pass to the Bears' Eddie Royal and a 60-yard reception to Titans' wideout Rishard Matthews. With Kevin Johnson (foot) on the injured reserve, the Texans need Jackson to be better.
Adams is out for the season, leaving the Texans to fill a void in the offensive line at left guard.
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.
Osweiler bought himself some time when he directed an unlikely late comeback in Week 6 against the Colts. Of course, the phenomenal rally was quickly forgotten after he returned to the hideous form he's displayed most of the season in Monday's ugly 27-9 loss in Denver. The Texans will ultimately have little choice but to consider a change if Osweiler doesn't improve, though the team's other options -- Tom Savage and Brandon Weeden -- don't exactly inspire confidence. Osweiler likely still has a multi-week leash as the team prepares for a Week 8 contest against the Lions.
Peters is still in the process of recovering from a quadriceps injury that he suffered against Minnesota in Week 5. His absence will thin the Texans' depth at linebacker, but shouldn't drastically affect their overall performance against the Broncos.
Drummond hurt his leg during preseason Week 1 against San Francisco.
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.
Cushing had missed the last two games with a knee injury that initially had him projected to miss up to six weeks, so seeing him practice and on the field for Week 4 was unexpected. Give him a few weeks to get back up to speed and while that happens, Benardrick McKinney (nine tackles) will pick up the tackling slack at inside linebacker.
Hunt, who joined the Texans mid-season in 2015 and appeared in the team's final 11 games, was part of Houston's final cuts after they gave him an extensive look in preseason. The main issue is that his skill-set replicated that of 2016 fourth-round draft pick Tyler Ervin.
Lamar Miller suffered a shoulder and was in and out of the lineup throughout the game, leading to Blue's enhanced playing time. The backup running back ran well, but also coughed up the ball when the Texans, down by a score mid-way though the third quarter, were engineering a drive. That's was the turning point in the game. We'll be following the status of Miller's shoulder in the coming days as that will dictate Blue's value heading into a Week 8 home game against the Lions.
Novak has benefited greatly from an offense that hasn't been able to finish drives. He leads the NFL with 19 attempts, making 16. With 57 points through seven games, Novak is tied for sixth in scoring among placekickers.
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.
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.
Brown spent the entire offseason rehabbing from a torn quadriceps and missed the season's first four games, and he held up against one of the league's best defensive fronts.
Covington's availability was in some question after he didn't practice Friday and suited up in only a limited capacity Thursday, but it appears he's ready to go. He's slated to serve as the starter at the end spot opposite J.J. Watt, though he doesn't figure to offer much IDP utility.
Looking for positives to take away from Monday's debacle, the Texans were quite pleased with the play of Bouye, who got physical against Denver's wideouts. While Kareem Jackson and Jonathan Joseph work their way back from injuries, Bouye will get more playing time and should be the third defensive back when the starters are full strength.
James is expected to earn a roster spot in the secondary, most likely as the team's fifth cornerback and special teams regular.
Coach Bill O'Brien referred to Miller as day-to-day Tuesday, but the running back's practice participation Wednesday -- albeit in a limited fashion -- bodes well for his chances of playing Sunday against the Lions.
Strong caught five passes each of the previous two weeks while serving as the No. 3 receiver, but he couldn't take advantage of Sunday's temporary promotion filling in for injured No. 2 WR Will Fuller (hamstring). Strong did save his lone reception for when it counted most, beating one-on-one coverage for a 36-yard gain to set up the game-winning field goal in overtime. Regardless of Fuller's availability, Strong will likely have a tough time converting snaps into catches against the Broncos in Week 7.
It's unclear what Still's injury is, since he played in the Texans' Week 4 loss to the Patriots. Brandon Dunn was promoted from the practice squad to fill Still's spot on the defensive line.
Griffin has practiced fully all week and will play Monday night against Denver. This will be the first time in four weeks the Texans have a full complement of tight ends available as Stephen Anderson (hamstring) will play for the first time since Week 3. The tight end position has emerged as a viable target since head coach Bill O'Brien took over the play-calling duties, though the primary beneficiary of that focus has been C.J. Fiedorowicz.
Fairbairn was attempting to usurp the placekicking job from Nick Novak, but hadn't played in preseason Week 2 or 3 due to the injury. They like his potential and want to evaluate him as a future kicking option.
The Texans only have four receivers active for the opener, so we could see the team opt to give backup tight end Ryan Griffin some increased snaps whenever they want to get another pass catcher on the field. Mumphery was able to claim a roster spot over veteran Cecil Shorts in training camp, but the 2015 fifth-round pick isn't expected to play a major role for the Texans in his second season in the league.
Clowney was limited at practice throughout the week, which ultimately led to a questionable status for Monday's game. However, it appears the Texans were exercising caution with their young defensive end, as he will suit up against the Broncos. He recorded four tackles in the Texans Week 6 victory over the Colts.
Smith roster spot opens up due to the massive loss of J.J. Watt, whose back injury will place him on the injured reserve for an extended period of time. The veteran defensive end had a five-year stint with the Texans from '09-'13, during which he recorded 27 sacks.
Fuller's seven targets were tied for second on the team, but quarterback Brock Osweiler struggled mightily against the Broncos' staunch secondary, throwing for only 131 yards on 41 pass attempts. The rookie carries a high amount of upside, but will continue to be limited in his production as long as Osweiler is playing like he is currently. He should qualify as a WR3 or flex option in a plus matchup against the Lions in Week 8.
Weeden's inactive status essentially confirms that he'll open the season as the Texans' third-string quarterback behind Brock Osweiler and Tom Savage. Unless Osweiler succumbs to an injury at some point this season, Weeden isn't expected to don a uniform on game days.
"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.
Reader dealt with what appeared to be concussion-like symptoms during the Texans' third preseason game against Arizona. The Clemson product seemed to have his wits about him and noted that he felt good amid the team's concern. With the injury looking like it's now in the past, Houston's fifth round pick is ready to serve alongside the likes of J.J. Watt and Vince Wilfork on one of the league's best defensive lines.
C.J. Fiedorowicz has taken over as the Texans' top tight end after Anderson went down with a hamstring injury in Week 3. The 23-year-old seems likely to return to action on Monday against the Broncos, but may seem limited reps with Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin seeing increased targets the past few weeks.
As expected, Johnson's fractured foot will put him on the IR. Safety Lonnie Ballentine will be activated from the PUP list using his roster spot. Expect Robert Nelson and A.J. Bouye to see additional snaps in Johnson's absence.
It remains to be seen if Grimes is a candidate to play Sunday against the Lions, but his return to practice signifies that a return is in sight for the Texans' reserve back.
Demps wasn't able to practice all week and is still in the process of recovering from his calf injury. Corey Moore will likely receive Demps' share of starting snaps in his absence.
Ervin suffered some sort of knee injury during Monday's game in Denver. If he's unable to play this weekend against the Lions, look for Braxton Miller to be assigned return duties on both punts and kickoffs.
Simon, who had 5.0 sacks in 2015, made some big plays during preseason, forcing the coaching staff to find a spot for him in the starting lineup. As such, defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel moved Jadeveon Clowney to defensive end in order to get Simon on the field.
Ballentine tore multiple ligaments in his knee during the 2015 season, but recently was able to return to practice. With cornerback Kevin Johnson now on the injured reserve, Ballentine will be present on the Texans' active roster as a depth option in the defensive backfield.
Pettinato returns to the team he spent training camp and preseason with, providing organizational depth on the defensive line in the wake of injuries to J.J. Watt (back) and Devon Still (foot).
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.
Dent will be available for Week 1 against the Bears. He'll back up at inside linebacker, giving Brian Cushing and/or Benardrick McKinney a breather.
“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.
Mercilus, who had a second sack nullified by his own face-mask penalty, remains a disruptive force, having recorded 4.5 sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery through six weeks. The Texans linebacking corps -- Mercilus, Bernardrick McKinney, Brian Cushing and John Simon -- along with linebacker/defensive end Jadaveon Clowney have become Houston's defensive play makers with J.J. Watt (back) out of action.
Rice is an undrafted free agent that played collegiately at Coastal Carolina. He'll provide organizational depth in the secondary, an area where the Texans are dealing with injuries.
Watt's status was confirmed by coach Bill O'Brien, eliminating any outside chance that he'll return this year. As a result, Watt's 2016 season will end with eight tackles, 1.5 sacks and one fumble recovery in just three games played. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year will now focus on rehabbing his back once again, leaving Devon Still and Antonio Smith to fill expanded roles in his absence.
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