Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense31st130.5 (7th)104.0 (32nd)
Defense6th118.5 (22nd)169.0 (6th)
Injuries
DatePosPlayerInjuryNFL StatusFantasy News
09/18/17TEStephen AndersonConcussionQUESTIONABLEThe Texans hope to have Anderson (concussion) available for Week 3 against New England, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

With C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) on injured reserve, Anderson should have a role on offense once he returns, though the extent of that role largely will depend on Ryan Griffin's recovery from his own concussion. If both Griffin and Anderson are available for Week 3, the latter likely will get more snaps and targets.

(Updated 09/18/2017)
09/18/17RBAlfred BlueAnkleQUESTIONABLEBlue (ankle) returned to practice Wednesday and is preparing to play in Sunday's game against the Patriots, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Sidelined by a high-ankle sprain the first two weeks of the season, Blue appears primed for a return Week 3, though it isn't clear how much of a role he'll have in the Houston offense. D'Onta Foreman served as Lamar Miller's top backup in Thursday's 13-9 win over the Bengals, and while the rookie only averaged 3.3 yards on 12 carries, he may nonetheless retain a role in the offensive game plan. Given the struggles on Houston's offensive line in combination with his own lack of pass-catching skills, Blue will have a tough time producing even if he reclaims the No. 2 job. Texans coach Bill O'Brien said the team will wait until Friday to make a decision on Blue's Week 3 availability.

(Updated 09/20/2017)
09/18/17WRWill FullerShoulderOUTTexans coach Bill O'Brien said Wednesday that Fuller (shoulder) isn't ready to play in games, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fuller's return to practice Monday may have created hope for an imminent return, but O'Brien shut down that notion in short order. The speedy wideout does at least seem to be a bit ahead of his initial timetable, which was estimated at 2-to-3 months when he suffered a broken collarbone Aug. 2. Fuller likely is targeting Week 4 or 5 for a return to action.

(Updated 09/20/2017)
09/15/17DBKevin JohnsonKneeOUTJohnson (knee) did not practice Wednesday.

Expect more of the same in the near future after Johnson was ruled out 4-to-6 weeks with a Grade 2 sprained knee following the Texans victory over the Bengals last Thursday. Houston's depth at cornerback could be tested even more if Jonathan Joseph (shoulder) is forced to miss any time, as well.

(Updated 09/20/2017)
09/15/17DLJ.J. WattFingerQUESTIONABLEWatt aggravated his finger injury Thursday against the Bengals, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. "I'm honestly kind of scared to take my glove off. I honestly don't know what it looks like," Watt said.

Watt still played 58 snaps (91 percent), but if this injury is serious, he could certainly see his playing time reduced. Luckily, he'll have 10 days of recovery before the Texans' Week 3 tilt against the Patriots. Watt has played hurt plenty during his career, so although the injury bears monitoring, it's encouraging that he usually finds a way to get on the field. Keep an eye on him ahead of Week 3.

(Updated 09/15/2017)
09/14/17LBBrian CushingSuspensionSUSPENDCushing (concussion) has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Already set to miss the Texans' Week 2 tilt with the Bengals due to the concussion, Cushing will now have to wait until Week 13 to play again. The Texans will look to rookies Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole to start alongside Benardrick McKinney, who supplanted Cushing as the IDP of choice from Houston's linebacking corps last season. Cushing was previously suspended four games for a PED violation in 2010, which explains why he was subject to a lengthier suspension this time around.

(Updated 09/13/2017)
09/14/17DBJohnathan JosephShoulderQUESTIONABLEJoseph (shoulder) was a limited participant at Texans' practice Wednesday.

Joseph exited in the second quarter of last Thursday's win over the Bengals and underwent at least two MRI screenings, but the injury doesn't seem overly serious. The veteran cornerback's status for Sunday's game against the Patriots remains unclear, but he doesn't appear to be looking at an extended absence, at least.

(Updated 09/20/2017)
09/03/17DBRobert NelsonUndisclosedQUESTIONABLENelson 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.

(Updated 10/13/2016)
 

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