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Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense28th121.2 (5th)194.9 (30th)
Defense6th107.7 (19th)208.4 (5th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
78Aboushi, Oday G6-53086/5/19914Virginia
79Allen, Jeff G6-43061/8/19905Illinois
89Anderson, Stephen TE6-22301/30/1993RCalifornia
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
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 DE6-53006/18/1993RMichigan State
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12156/6/19924Clemson
33Hunt, Akeem RB5-101902/22/19932Purdue
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
97Kamalu, Ufomba DE6-629711/2/1992RMiami (Fla.)
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 SS6-22001/28/19931Georgia
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. DE6-33357/1/1994RClemson
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
73Walker, Josh G6-53286/2/19912Middle Tennessee State
5Weeden, Brandon QB6-423010/14/19835Oklahoma State
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19867Baylor
75Wilfork, Vince NT6-232511/4/198113Miami (Fla.)
Injured Players
39Ballentine, Lonnie (IR) SAF6-32154/23/19933Memphis
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
70Adams, Jeff T6-73059/6/19893Columbia
 Allen, RaShaun TE6-42502/25/19902Southern University
 Dunn, Brandon DT6-23009/5/19922Louisville
 Hilliard, Kenny RB5-1122610/3/19911Louisiana State
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
 Williams, Wendall WR5-101859/18/1990RCumberland College
Roster Analysis
TeamOLine Avg. HtOLine Avg. WtDLine Avg. HtDLine Avg. WtAvg. AgeYoungestOldest
Houston6-4313.46-4302.426.22240
 
 
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
News
McKinney had a team-high 12 tackles, including his fourth sack of the season, in Houston's 21-13 loss to San Diego in Week 12.

At 101 tackles through 11 games, McKinney has twice as many takedowns as the nearest Texan (John Simon, 50). A goal for the Texans entering this season was to expand McKinney into a three-down linebacker and the product of Mississippi State has succeeded in that endeavor. Brian Cushing is the heart of the linebacking corps, but the torch is being passed to McKinney.

Tom Savage
News
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."

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 at Green Bay
Don Jones
News
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.

Kenny Hilliard
News
Hilliard was signed to the Texans' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Houston fills the opening on its practice squad after promoting Akeem Hunt to the active roster last week. The Texans drafted Hilliard in the seventh-round out of LSU in 2015 and he spent his rookie season on the team's practice squad. He showed up at 2016 training camp in better condition and was given a good chance in preseason games, but had some problems holding onto the football before being part of the final cuts.

Andre Hal
News
Hal (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

Hal's illness apparently isn't serious enough to keep him sidelined, so he's slated to start at free safety per usual.

Chad Slade
No Updates
Jeff Allen
News
The Chiefs signed defensive back Jamell Fleming from the Ravens' practice squad Friday, to take the place of Jeff Allen on the active roster. Allen was placed on injured reserve following elbow surgery. 
DeAndre Hopkins
News
Hopkins caught just three passes on eight targets for 58 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Hopkins didn't perform up to his usual standards again in Week 13 as he struggled with drop issues throughout the game. The volume is still there given the number of targets he sees on a weekly basis, but connecting with quarterback Brock Osweiler has been a bit of a problem. Hopkins now has just four touchdowns on the season, but he'll look to add to that next week against the Colts.

Robert Nelson
News
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
News
Prosch (hamstring) is active for Sunday's matchup against the Chargers.

Prosch has collected double-digit offensive snap counts for the past three weeks, but has just one carry over that span, and hasn't been targeted in the passing game. The fact he's active has little fantasy impact, outside of the fact that he'll be available to help pave the way for starter Lamar Miller.

Braxton Miller
News
Miller (shoulder) has been ruled out for the remainder of Sunday's matchup with the Packers.

Miller injured his shoulder at the end of the first half, spending an extended amount of time down on the field. Look for more updates to come once the game concludes. In his absence, Keith Mumphery is expected to see an expanded role.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for Week 14 at Indianapolis
C.J. Fiedorowicz
News
Fiedorowicz (shoulder) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Packers after practicing fully Friday.

Over his last two outings, Fiedorowicz has logged 10 catches (on 16 targets) for 124 yards and he once again figures to remain a favored target of QB Brock Osweiler in the Texans' Week 13 passing attack.

Brandon Dunn
News
Dunn has been waived by the Texans.

Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.

Tony Washington
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
K.J. Dillon
News
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.

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
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 suffered a rib injury in Sunday's loss to the Packers.

According to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, Joseph will undergo an MRI in order to determine the severity of the injury. As long as he remains out, look for A.J. Bouye to take over for the Texans at cornerback opposite Kareem Jackson.

Injury
Ribs - Questionable for Week 14 at Indianapolis
Gerald Rivers
News
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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Brennan Scarlett
News
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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Joel Heath
No Updates
Corey Moore
News
Moore (concussion) will play Sunday against the Lions.

Moore, the Texans' backup free safety, missed practice Wednesday due to concussion symptoms. However, he has since cleared protocol and will be available to play.

Kareem Jackson
News
Jackson scored on a 42-yard interception return during the first quarter of Houston's 24-21 win over Jacksonville on Sunday.

Jackson read the eyes of Jacksonville quarterback Blake Bortles and undercut an out route to give Houston a lead before the offense ever stepped onto the field. He missed some time this season due to a hamstring injury, but has been back three weeks now and registered 11 tackles over the last two games.

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.

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

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

Brock Osweiler
News
Osweiler completed 22 of 35 passes for 202 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's loss to the Packers. He also added 20 yards rushing on three carries.

Osweiler avoided any major mistakes in Week 13, coming off a poor three-interception performance against the Chargers in his previous start. Questions arose earlier in the week regarding the Texans' quarterback situation, with backup Tom Savage in the conversation to potentially start over Osweiler. However, coach Bill O'Brien ultimately stuck with Osweiler, and he responded with a nice bounce-back effort in Green Bay. His next test will come in Week 14 against the Colts, as Houston looks for their seventh win of the season.

Brian Peters
News
Peters (quadriceps) will play Monday night in Oakland.

Peters hasn't seen game action since Week 5, but is now healthy to play. He projects to assume a backup role at inside linebacker.

Kurtis Drummond
News
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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 at Green Bay
Brian Cushing
News
Cushing (back) will be available to play in Sunday's game against the Packers, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Despite being able to practice throughout the week, Cushing was deemed questionable with the back injury, but after evaluating him Sunday morning, the Texans' medical staff cleared him to play. Cushing has yet to top eight tackles in any of his games this season and hasn't produced any sacks or turnovers, so he's not quite as serviceable of an IDP option as his reputation might suggest.

RaShaun Allen
News
The Seahawks have signed 11 players to future contracts, the team announced Wednesday.

Running back Demitrius Bronson, wide receiver Douglas McNeil, tight end RaShaun Allen, tackle Justin Renfrow, guards Nate Isles and Drew Nowak, defensive ends Ryan Robinson and Julius Warmsley, defensive tackle Jimmy Staten, linebacker Mike Zimmer and safety Dion Bailey will look to compete for spots on the final 53-man roster in 2015.

Akeem Hunt
News
Hunt carried five times for minus-2 yards in Monday's 27-20 loss to the Raiders.

Hunt was bumped up to the top backup as Alfred Blue (calf) was inactive Monday, but Lamar Miller, who had been dealing with a shoulder injury, held up well. As such, Hunt, who had 52 yards last week, was not needed to spell Miller. One area where Hunt may be of use is in the return game. Tyler Ervin, the team's top returner, lost his second fumble of the season and wasn't given another opportunity to return. Hunt filled in and had a 39-yard kickoff return, putting the Texans in position for a go-head score, which never materialized.

Alfred Blue
News
Blue (calf) is officially active for Sunday's Week 13 tilt versus the Packers.

Blue's absence from the inactives report is official confirmation of what had already been suspected, namely, that he'll be available to complement bell-cow back Lamar Miller for what will likely be just a handful of touches against the Packers.

Nick Novak
News
Novak converted two field goals and his lone extra-point attempt in Houston's 21-13 loss to San Diego in Week 12.

Novak has been a high-volume field-goal kicker this season, ranking second with 28 attempts, which has fueled his 86 points (10th) through 11 games. He's done well for a team that's tied for last in touchdowns, 29th in scoring and 29th in yards per game.

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.

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Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Duane Brown
News
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
Josh Walker
News
Walker was promoted to the Texans' active roster on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Walker was promoted from the practice squad after the team parted ways with fellow lineman Jeff Adams. The 25-year-old will likely serve as backup behind starting right guard Jeff Allen and could play a role on special teams.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 13 at Green Bay
Christian Covington
News
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
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.
Nick Martin
Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
A.J. Bouye
News
Bouye (ankle) will play Monday night against the Raiders.

Bouye missed last week's game against the Jags with a sprained ankle, but was back at practice this week, participating in full both Thursday and Friday.

Eric Lee
No Updates
Charles James
News
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
News
Miller gained just 22 yards on 14 carries during Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Miller struggled to get anything going on Sunday after exiting the game early for a brief period of time due to a minor rib injury. Although he was able to return fairly quickly, Miller ended up as the Texans' third-leading rusher behind Jonathan Grimes and Alfred Blue, who each had five carries. Miller will look to avoid any setbacks in practice throughout the upcoming week before traveling to Indianapolis for a Week 14 matchup with the Colts.

Jaelen Strong
News
Strong (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's Week 13 tilt versus the Packers, the team's official site reports.

Strong will thus be sidelined for the fourth straight week, which will allow Keith Mumphrey a continued opportunity to receive extended playing time behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

Injury
Ankle - Inactive for Week 13 at Green Bay
Wendall Williams
News
Williams was signed to Houston's practice squad.

The Texans added Williams after it was announced Jaelen Strong would miss at least a month with a sprained ankle. He was with the team during the offseason and was part of the final cuts.

Richard Leonard
Injury
Devon Still
News
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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin hauled in four receptions on six targets for 35 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's loss to the Packers.

Griffin remains behind C.J. Fiedorowicz in the Texans' pecking order at tight end, but that didn't keep him from finding the end zone on Sunday. Griffin has now caught at least three passes in five consecutive weeks, but his fantasy value is limited to much deeper leagues. Look for him to play a similar role next week against the Colts.

Ka'imi Fairbairn
News
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.

Injury
Quadriceps - Injured Reserve
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 had a season-high 20 snaps on offense in the Texans' 24-21 win over the Jaguars in Week 10.

Houston was without two wideouts for the game as both Will Fuller (knee) and Jaelen Strong (ankle) were inactive. Despite the elevated playing time, Mumphery went un-targeted in the game. With Fuller hopeful to play Week 11 against the Raiders, Mumphery will slip back to fourth on the depth chart.

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 (elbow/wrist) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Packers, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports.

Clowney's limited participation in practice throughout the week at least gave the Texans hope he would be able to play in Week 13, but he'll ultimately be sidelined. Joel Heath and Antonio Smith figure to see additional reps at defensive end as a result.

Injury
Elbow - Inactive for Week 13 at Green Bay
Antonio Smith
News
Smith (hip) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

Smith was held out of practice entirely on Wednesday but he appears to be recovered now and isn't expected to miss more time due to the injury.

Will Fuller
News
Fuller will be Houston's top punt returner when they travel to Green Bay for Week 13, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

With Tyler Ervin (rib) expected to miss a second consecutive week, the speedy Fuller fills in again on special teams. Having Fuller return punts is the surest sign that the rookie's in better health after dealing with hamstring and knee injuries the last month. His four-catch/60-yard effort in last week's loss to San Diego provides a glimmer of hope that Fuller is back to being the receiver who had 19 catches for 323 yards and two touchdowns over the first four games of the season.

Brandon Weeden
News
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
News
Wilfork (groin) is active Monday night against the Raiders.

Wilfork was previously questionable with a groin injury but had always been expected to play. Per usual, the 12-year veteran will likely assume his usual starting nose tackle role.

D.J. Reader
News
Reader (shoulder) did not appear on the Texans' injury report in advance of Sunday's game against the Packers.

Reader injured his shoulder last week against the Chargers. While he was limited in practice this week, his restrictions were likely a precautionary measure to ensure his availability for Week 13.

Stephen Anderson
News
Anderson caught his lone target for eight yards in Houston's 21-13 loss to San Diego in Week 12.

While Houston's tight ends have been productive this season, there's not enough targets for three of them, so Anderson will have to settle for limited looks after C.J. Fiedorowicz and Ryan Griffin get attention. Anderson has caught all five balls thrown his way over the past four weeks.

Kevin Johnson
News
Johnson (foot) will not require surgery to heal his season-ending foot injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson was placed on IR less than two weeks ago due to a fractured foot. While he won't play again this season, the fact he doesn't need surgery means his outlook in the long-term isn't in danger, as foot injuries have an unfortunate tendency to linger.

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Jonathan Grimes
News
Grimes' return to action for Week 12 coincides with Alfred Blue (calf) being ruled out of Houston's road game against San Diego.

With both Blue and Tyler Ervin (rib) out of action this week, Grimes and Akeem Hunt will be the backups to starter Lamar Miller. Neither backup should challenge a healthy Miller for more than an series or two.

Quintin Demps
News
Demps (calf) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Demps hasn't taken the field since Week 5 due to a lingering issue with his calf. However, his total participation Wednesday suggests he may be ready for a return this Sunday in Jacksonville.

Tyler Ervin
News
Ervin (chest) is ruled out of Sunday's matchup with the Packers.

Ervin injured his chest in Week 11 and wasn't ready to play last Sunday against the Chargers. Now, he's set to miss his second consecutive game. In his absence, Akeem Hunt will take over kick return duties while Braxton Miller becomes the punt return specialist.

Injury
Chest - Inactive for Week 13 at Green Bay
John Simon
News
Head coach Bill O'Brien said Simon (knee) will not play in Week 13 against the Packers, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.

Simon hurt his chest in Week 11 against the Raiders and was unable to play Sunday against the Chargers. Akeem Dent will take over in the interim.

Injury
Chest - Inactive for Week 13 at Green Bay
Lonnie Ballentine
News
Ballentine (groin) was placed on IR Saturday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 Houston reports.

Ballentine began the season on the PUP list due to a knee injury and suffered his groin injury just a few games after being activated. He'll finish the year with just two games played.

Injury
Groin - Injured Reserve
Dan Pettinato
News
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
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.
Tony Bergstrom
News
The Raiders have listed WR Denarius Moore, WR Vincent Brown, CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB T.J. Carrie, G Tony Bergstrom, T Menelik Watson and DT Stacy McGee as inactive Week 17 against the Broncos.

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

Akeem Dent
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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
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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.

Injury
Illness - Out for Week 14 at Indianapolis
Whitney Mercilus
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Mercilus had four tackles, including three for a loss, and two quarterback hits in the Texans' 21-13 loss to the Chargers in Week 12.

Mercilus and the rest of the defense were firm against the Chargers' ground attack, limiting them to 67 yards and holding Melvin Gordon to 70 yards on 17 carries. He usually makes headlines for his ability to get to the quarterback, but Mercilus was instrumental in shutting down the run Sunday.

Denzel Rice
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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
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Watt (back) underwent an evaluation on Monday regarding his rehab from September back surgery, but he'll still be kept out for the remainder of the season, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Watt is eligible to return to the Texans this week, but the team has no intention to activate their star defensive end from injured reserve this season. Watt, who is expected to be back in Houston soon following a couple months of recovery back home, has been rehabbing by walking, basic stretching, and core work. The team figures to continue taking things slow with Watt as the season eventually draws to a close and the offseason begins.

Injury
Back - Injured Reserve
Ufomba Kamalu
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Kamalu has been promoted to the Texans' 53-man roster from the practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kamalu has been working out at outside linebacker since signing with Houston and will serve as insurance in Sunday's road game at San Diego after the team ruled starting John Simon out due to a chest injury. Kamalu is a 6-foot-6, 295-pound undrafted free agent from the University of Miami.

 

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