|Offense||28th||121.2 (5th)||194.9 (30th)|
|Defense||6th||107.7 (19th)||208.4 (5th)|
|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||DE||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|
|97||Kamalu, Ufomba||DE||6-6||297||11/2/1992||R||Miami (Fla.)|
|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|
|73||Walker, Josh||G||6-5||328||6/2/1991||2||Middle Tennessee 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.)|
|39||Ballentine, Lonnie (IR)||SAF||6-3||215||4/23/1993||3||Memphis|
|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|
|Allen, RaShaun||TE||6-4||250||2/25/1990||2||Southern University|
|Hilliard, Kenny||RB||5-11||226||10/3/1991||1||Louisiana State|
|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|
|Williams, Wendall||WR||5-10||185||9/18/1990||R||Cumberland College|
|Team||OLine Avg. Ht||OLine Avg. Wt||DLine Avg. Ht||DLine Avg. Wt||Avg. Age||Youngest||Oldest|
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.
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.
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.
Hal's illness apparently isn't serious enough to keep him sidelined, so he's slated to start at free safety per usual.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
James is expected to earn a roster spot in the secondary, most likely as the team's fifth cornerback and special teams regular.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.