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Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense29th115.3 (11th)204.3 (30th)
Defense8th135.4 (29th)184.7 (2nd)
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78Aboushi, Oday G6-53086/5/19914Virginia
 Adams, Jeff T6-73059/6/19893Columbia
79Allen, Jeff G6-43061/8/19905Illinois
89Anderson, Stephen TE6-22301/30/1993RCalifornia
39Ballentine, Lonnie SAF6-32154/23/19933Memphis
68Bergstrom, Tony C6-53158/8/19865Utah
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22254/27/19913Louisiana State
21Bouye, A.J. CB6-01918/16/19914Central Florida
76Brown, Duane T6-43158/30/19859Virginia Tech
53Bullough, Max ILB6-32452/11/19922Michigan State
74Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/19858Southern Mississippi
90Clowney, Jadeveon DE6-52702/14/19933South Carolina
95Covington, Christian DE6-230510/16/19932Rice
56Cushing, Brian ILB6-32551/24/19878USC
27Demps, Quintin SS5-112106/29/19859Texas-El Paso
50Dent, Akeem ILB6-12509/27/19876Georgia
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23009/5/19922Louisville
34Ervin, Tyler RB5-1018510/7/1993RSan Jose State
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. TE6-526510/22/19913Iowa
15Fuller, Will WR6-01804/16/1994RNotre Dame
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62651/11/19904Connecticut
41Grimes, Jonathan RB5-1021012/21/19894William & Mary
29Hal, Andre FS5-101955/30/19923Vanderbilt
93Heath, Joel DT6-53006/18/1993RMichigan State
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12156/6/19924Clemson
25Jackson, Kareem CB5-101854/10/19887Alabama
31James, Charles DB5-91855/14/19903Charleston Southern
20Jones, Don DB5-111955/14/19904Arkansas State
24Joseph, Johnathan CB5-111854/16/198411South Carolina
63Lamm, Kendall T6-63106/5/19922Appalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22308/7/197617Texas A&M
65Mancz, Greg C6-43104/23/19922Toledo
55McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-426011/19/19922Mississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-42657/21/19905Illinois
13Miller, Braxton WR6-120511/30/1992ROhio State
26Miller, Lamar RB5-102204/25/19915Miami (Fla.)
43Moore, Corey DB6-22001/28/19931Georgia
12Mumphery, Keith WR6-02106/5/19922Michigan State
32Nelson, Robert DB5-101802/16/19902Arizona State
8Novak, Nick K6-02008/21/19819Maryland
17Osweiler, Brock QB6-823511/22/19905Arizona State
52Peters, Brian LB6-424010/31/19882Northwestern (Ia)
35Pleasant, Eddie DB5-1020012/17/19884Oregon
45Prosch, Jay FB6-12558/21/19923Auburn
77Quessenberry, David T6-53068/24/19903San Jose State
98Reader, D.J. NT6-33357/1/1994RClemson
3Savage, Tom QB6-42304/26/19903Pittsburgh
51Simon, John OLB6-126010/14/19904Ohio State
94Smith, Antonio DE6-329010/21/198113Oklahoma State
11Strong, Jaelen WR6-22051/25/19942Arizona State
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43201/1/19913UCLA
5Weeden, Brandon QB6-423010/14/19835Oklahoma State
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19867Baylor
75Wilfork, Vince NT6-232511/4/198113Miami (Fla.)
Injured Players
36Dillon, K.J. (IR) SAF6-02005/11/1993RWest Virginia
23Drummond, Kurtis (IR) FS6-12081/29/19922Michigan State
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi (IR) K6-01851/29/1994RUCLA
30Johnson, Kevin (IR) CB6-01858/5/19922Wake Forest
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
66Martin, Nick (IR) C6-42994/29/1993RNotre Dame
72Newton, Derek (IR) T6-631511/16/19876Arkansas State
48Rivers, Gerald (IR) LB6-22506/22/19902Mississippi
57Scarlett, Brennan (IR) LB6-32607/31/1993RStanford
91Still, Devon (IR) DT6-53057/11/19894Penn State
49Washington, Tony (IR) OLB6-42476/1/19921Oregon
99Watt, J.J. (IR) DE6-52953/22/19896Wisconsin
Practice Squad
14Bundrage, Quenton WR6-21909/13/1991RIowa State
 Cheek, Joseph G6-731112/2/1992RTexas A&M
33Hunt, Akeem RB5-101902/22/19932Purdue
94Kamalu, Ufomba DE6-629711/2/1992RMiami (Fla.)
61Lee, Eric LB6-32608/6/1994RSouth Florida
 Pettinato, Dan DE6-42774/24/19921Arizona
42Rashad, Shakeel LB6-22353/17/1994RNorth Carolina
 Rice, Denzel SAF6-01963/31/19932Coastal Carolina
62Slade, Chad G6-53155/4/19922Auburn
83Tomlinson, Eric TE6-62634/22/19921Texas-El Paso
Roster Analysis
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
McKinney posted 9 stops Monday against the Broncos.

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.

Tom Savage
Savage will be the starting quarterback Thursday night when the Texans face the Cowboys in their final preseason game, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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."

Don Jones
Jones was signed to the Texans' 53-man roster Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

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.

Chad Slade
No Updates
Jeff Allen
The Chiefs signed defensive back Jamell Fleming from the Ravens' practice squad Friday, to take the place of Jeff Allen on the active roster. Allen was placed on injured reserve following elbow surgery. 
DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins finished with five catches (on 12 targets) for 36 yards in Monday night's loss to the Broncos.

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.

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

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

Jay Prosch
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
Miller (hamstring) was a full participant at Friday's practice.

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.

C.J. Fiedorowicz
Fiedorowicz gathered five catches (on seven targets) for 35 yards in Monday's 27-9 loss to the Broncos.

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.

Brandon Dunn
Dunn was promoted to the Texans' active roster from their practice squad on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Tony Washington
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Joseph Cheek
No Updates
K.J. Dillon
Dillon suffered a torn ACL during Sunday's win over the Colts and has subsequently been placed on IR, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Dillon's injury appeared to be serious right out of the gate, and the MRI results didn't bode well for much optimism as he'll miss the remainder of his rookie season. The Texans signed veteran Don Jones on Wednesday to provide depth at safety in Dillon's absence.

Knee - Injured Reserve
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 (forearm) was able to again put together a full practice on Friday.

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.

Gerald Rivers
Rivers (undisclosed) was placed on Houston's injured reserve on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Brennan Scarlett
Scarlett suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's win over the Colts and has been placed on IR, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Joel Heath
No Updates
Corey Moore
Moore (concussion) did not participate in Wednesday's practice.

Moore sustained a concussion during Sunday's game against the Broncos. He appears questionable to play this weekend.

Concussion - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 vs. Detroit
Quenton Bundrage
Bundrage was released by the Texans on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Kareem Jackson
Jackson had two tackles in his return to the lineup after missing two games, but also gave up a red-zone touchdown to Denver's Demaryius Thomas and a game-long 31-yard reception to Emmanuel Sanders in the Texans' 27-9 loss to the Broncos on Monday night.

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.

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.

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

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

Brock Osweiler
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday he hasn't considered benching Osweiler, ESPN.com's Sarah Barshop reports.

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.

Brian Peters
Peters (quadriceps) is out for Week 7's matchup against the Broncos.

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.

Quadriceps - Did Not Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 vs. Detroit
Kurtis Drummond
Drummond was placed on injured reserve with a leg injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Drummond hurt his leg during preseason Week 1 against San Francisco.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
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 had four tackles and two passes defensed in Houston's 27-20 win over Tennessee in Week 4.

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.

Akeem Hunt
Hunt was signed by the Texans to their practice squad.

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.

Alfred Blue
Blue had a season-high 63 rushing yards on 11 carries in the Texans' 27-9 loss to the Broncos on Monday night.

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.

Nick Novak
Novak converted all three of his field-goal attempts in Monday night's 27-9 loss to Denver.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Greg Mancz
No Updates
Christian Covington
Covington (groin) is active for Sunday's Week 2 tilt with Kansas City, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.

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

Jon Weeks
Texans running back Brad Smelley (back), who was listed as questionable Friday, and running back Greg Jones (knee), defensive back Johnathan Joseph (groin), linebacker Joe Mays (knee), offensive lineman Derek Newton (knee), linebacker Darryl Sharpton (ankle), defensive lineman Antonio Smith (knee), offensive lineman Wade Smith (knee), defensive back D.J. Swearinger (foot), linebacker Justin Tuggle (elbow), defensive back Josh Victorian (back), long snapper Jon Weeks (elbow) and quarterback T.J. Yates (back), who were all listed as probable, are active for Week 16 against the Broncos.
Nick Martin
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Eric Tomlinson
No Updates
A.J. Bouye
Bouye filled in for the injured Kevin Johnson (foot) and led the Texans with 11 tackles and two passes defensed in Houston's 27-9 loss to the Broncos in Week 7.

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.

Eric Lee
No Updates
Charles James
James (foot) made three tackles in Houston's preseason opener against San Francisco.

James is expected to earn a roster spot in the secondary, most likely as the team's fifth cornerback and special teams regular.

Lamar Miller
Miller (shoulder) was limited at practice Wednesday.

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.

Shoulder - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 vs. Detroit
Jaelen Strong
Strong caught one pass for 36 yards on two targets in Sunday's 26-23 win over the Colts.

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.

Richard Leonard
Devon Still
Still was palced on IR with an undisclosed injury, Sarah Barshop of ESPN reports.

It's unclear what Still's injury is, since he played in the Texans' Week 4 loss to the Patriots. Brandon Dunn was promoted from the practice squad to fill Still's spot on the defensive line.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Ryan Griffin
Griffin (ribs) was a full participant at Friday's practice.

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.

Ka'imi Fairbairn
Fairbairn has been placed on injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fairbairn was attempting to usurp the placekicking job from Nick Novak, but hadn't played in preseason Week 2 or 3 due to the injury. They like his potential and want to evaluate him as a future kicking option.

Quadriceps - Injured Reserve
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
Mumphery is inactive for the Texans' Week 1 matchup with the Bears, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Max Bullough
The Texans placed linebacker Max Bullough on injured reserve and promoted tight end Anthony Denham from the practice squad, reports ESPN.com.
Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney (wrist) is not listed on the Texan's inactive list for Monday's matchup with the Broncos.

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.

Elbow - Limited Practice on Wednesday. Questionable for Week 8 vs. Detroit
Antonio Smith
Smith will sign with the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

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.

Will Fuller
Fuller brought in four-of-seven targets for 22 yards in Monday's loss to the Broncos.

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.

Brandon Weeden
Weeden is a healthy inactive for Sunday's Week 1 tilt with the Bears, the Houston Chronicle's Aaron Wilson reports.

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.

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.

D.J. Reader
Reader (concussion) was cleared to return to action under the league's concussion protocol, The Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

Stephen Anderson
Anderson (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

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.

Kevin Johnson
Johnson (foot) has been placed on the injured reserve.

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.

Foot - Injured Reserve
Jonathan Grimes
Grimes (ankle) returned to a limited practice Wednesday.

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.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 8 vs. Detroit
Quintin Demps
Demps (calf) has been ruled out of Monday's game against the Broncos.

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.

Calf - Questionable for Week 8 vs. Detroit
Tyler Ervin
Ervin (knee) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.

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.

Knee - Questionable for Week 8 vs. Detroit
John Simon
Simon recorded six tackles, three quarterback hits and 1.5 sacks in Houston's win over Kansas City in Week 2. He's recorded sacks in each of the first two games.

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.

Lonnie Ballentine
Ballentine (knee) has been activated from the PUP list.

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.

Dan Pettinato
Pettinato has been signed to the Texans practice squad.

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).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Illness - Out for Week 8 vs. Detroit
Whitney Mercilus
Mercilus had six tackles (four solo), including a sack, in Houston's 26-23 overtime win over Indianapolis in Week 6.

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.

Denzel Rice
Rice was signed to the Texans practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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.

J.J. Watt
Watt (back) will miss the remainder of this season after having surgery Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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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