Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st115.1 (13th)204.9 (20th)
Defense19th109.2 (12th)237.4 (24th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
88Akins, Jordan TE6-32504/19/1992RUCF
71Allen, Jeff G6-43051/8/19907Illinois
89Anderson, Stephen TE6-22301/30/19933California
20Bademosi, Johnson DB6-02057/23/19907Stanford
48Bellamy, Davin LB6-524512/27/1994RGeorgia
97Blackson, Angelo DE6-432011/14/19924Auburn
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22254/27/19914LSU
63Calhoun, Kendall T6-7300//RCincinnati
39Campbell, Ibraheim DB5-112105/13/19924Northwestern
37Chachere, Andre DB6-02002/10/1996RSan Jose State
74Clark, Chris (FA) T6-530510/1/198510Southern Miss
90Clowney, Jadeveon DE6-52702/14/19935South Carolina
18Coates, Sammie WR6-12103/31/19934Auburn
51Cole, Dylan LB6-02205/19/19942Missouri State
40Coleman, Lavon RB5-11235//RWashington
22Colvin, Aaron DB6-019310/2/19915Oklahoma
16Coutee, Keke WR5-101801/14/1997RTexas Tech
95Covington, Christian DE6-230510/16/19934Rice
78Coyle, Anthony G6-530011/19/1996RFordham
41Cunningham, Zach LB6-323412/12/19942Vanderbilt
56Cushing, Brian (FA) LB6-32501/24/19879Southern California
8Daniel, Trevor P6-122512/8/1994RTennessee
70Davenport, Julie'n T6-73181/9/19952Bucknell
31Decoud, Treston DB6-22068/1/19932Oregon State
23Drummond, Kurtis DB6-12001/29/19924Michigan State
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23109/5/19923Louisville
53Ejiofor, Duke LB6-32554/24/1995RWake Forest
38Ellington, Andre (FA) RB5-91992/3/19896Clemson
12Ellington, Bruce WR5-92008/22/19915South Carolina
21Ervin, Tyler RB5-1018510/7/19933San Jose State
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-01901/29/19943UCLA
27Foreman, D'Onta RB6-12334/24/19962Texas
61Fuller, Kyle G6-53073/4/19942Baylor
15Fuller, Will WR6-01804/16/19943Notre Dame
73Fulton, Zach G6-53159/23/19915Tennessee
79Gentry, Mason DE6-6300//RSouthern Methodist
47Gilchrist, Kennan LB6-12309/16/19941Appalachian State
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62651/11/19906Connecticut
29Hal, Andre DB5-101955/30/19925Vanderbilt
67Hardison, Marcus DT6-33102/14/19923Arizona State
93Heath, Joel DE6-63006/18/19933Michigan State
50Heeney, Ben LB6-02305/13/19923Kansas
76Henderson, Seantrel T6-73301/21/19925Miami (Fla.)
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12156/6/19926Clemson
25Jackson, Kareem DB5-101854/10/19889Alabama
44Jenkins, Jelani (FA) LB6-02403/13/19926Florida
30Johnson, Kevin CB6-01858/5/19924Wake Forest
72Jones-Smith, Jaryd T6-73359/3/1995RPittsburgh
24Joseph, Johnathan DB5-111854/16/198413South Carolina
58Kalambayi, Peter LB6-225011/30/1994RStanford
94Kamalu, Ufomba LB6-629511/2/19923Miami (Fla.)
64Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19906Washington
35Kelly, Jermaine DB6-1195//RSan Jose State
49Keyes, Josh LB6-22301/23/19934Boston College
96Kilgo, Darius NT6-332012/14/19913Maryland
74Lamm, Kendall T6-63106/5/19924Appalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22308/7/197619Texas A&M
82Lengel, Matt TE6-726512/27/19903Eastern Kentucky
54Lewis, LaTroy LB6-325511/9/19931Tennessee
65Mancz, Greg C6-43104/23/19923Toledo
66Martin, Nick C6-43004/29/19933Notre Dame
32Mathieu, Tyrann DB5-91855/13/19926LSU
55McKinney, Benardrick LB6-426011/19/19924Mississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney LB6-42657/21/19907Illinois
13Miller, Braxton WR6-120511/30/19923Ohio State
26Miller, Lamar RB5-102204/25/19917Miami (Fla.)
43Moore, Corey DB6-22001/28/19933Georgia
6Morris, Stephen QB6-22208/27/19921Miami (Fla.)
72Newton, Derek (FA) T6-631511/16/19878Arkansas State
60Opara, Kingsley DT6-330010/13/1994RMaryland
52Peters, Brian LB6-424010/31/19883Northwestern (Ia)
35Pleasant, Eddie (FA) DB5-1021012/17/19886Oregon
33Pope, Troymaine RB5-820511/29/19932Jacksonville State
45Prosch, Jay RB6-12558/21/19925Auburn
85Pruitt, MyCole TE6-22603/24/19922Southern Illinois
77Quessenberry, David G6-53068/24/19903San Jose State
75Rankin, Martinas T6-430810/20/1994RMississippi State
98Reader, D.J. NT6-33357/1/19943Clemson
38Reid, Justin DB6-0207//RStanford
81Robinson, Jevoni TE6-724011/16/19921Barry University
57Scarlett, Brennan LB6-42607/31/19933Stanford
62Slade, Chad G6-53155/4/19922Auburn
17Smith, Vyncint WR6-21956/9/1996RLimestone College
42Swanson, Terry RB5-10205//RToledo
83Thomas, Jordan TE6-62658/2/1996RMississippi State
14Thompson, Chris WR6-01755/9/19942Florida
36Thornton, Josh CB5-1118511/24/19921Southern Utah
68Thurman, Nick DE6-4295//RHouston
 Todman, Jordan (FA) RB5-102002/24/19906Connecticut
34Virgin, Dee DB5-1020510/29/19931West Alabama
91Watkins, Carlos DE6-330912/5/19932Clemson
4Watson, Deshaun QB6-22219/14/19952Clemson
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52953/22/19898Wisconsin
86Weah, Jester WR6-32052/7/1995RPittsburgh
5Webb, Joe QB6-423011/14/19869UAB
3Weeden, Brandon QB6-423010/14/19837Oklahoma State
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19869Baylor
11White, DeAndrew WR6-019510/16/19912Alabama
2Yates, T.J. (FA) QB6-42175/28/19877North Carolina
Injured Players
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
 
 
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Position Listing
DeAndrew White
News
White failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 45-7 loss to Jacksonville.

White served as the Texans' third wideout for a second straight week, but with subpar quarterback play, that meant little beyond DeAndre Hopkins (13 targets) and Will Fuller (five targets). If Braxton Miller (concussion) is cleared in time for Week 16 against the Steelers, White will be go back to a minor role that includes return duty on special teams.

Benardrick McKinney
News
McKinney recorded 95 tackles (62 solo) and three sacks in 16 games for the Texans in 2017.

McKinney started the season strong with 17 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble across Weeks 1 and 2, but didn't log any other true impact performances. All in all it was a decent season for the 25-year-old, but a definite step down from his 129 tackle and five sack output in 2016. The 2015-second round pick will aim to recreate that production next season as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

Senio Kelemete
News
Kelemete will sign a three-year, $12 million contract with the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Kelemete was an extremely versatile lineman for the Saints in 2017, making appearances at all but center during the campaign and starting eight regular-season games. He joins a new-look Texans offensive line and should battle for a starting spot at various spots out of the gates in 2018.

Andre Hal
News
Hal finished Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Cardinals with four tackles (three solo) and an interception.

Hal's interception marked his third on the season. Also, it was his fourth consecutive game with at least four tackles. The 25-year-old did his work across 55 defensive snaps (95.0 percent), which was the second highest on the team.

Josh Keyes
News
Keyes signed a deal with the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

The four-year pro has been a journeyman so far in his career, spending stints with the Chargers, Browns, Buccaneers and Falcons. Look for the 25-year-old to be a special teams contributor in Houston.

Anthony Coyle
No Updates
Kennan Gilchrist
No Updates
Chad Slade
News
The Texans promoted Slade from their practice squad Wednesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Slade will offer the Texans some additional depth along the offensive line after left tackle Chris Clark (ankle) was moved to season-ending injured reserve in a corresponding move.

Jeff Allen
News
Allen has been placed on the physically unable to perform list with an undisclosed injury, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Allen missed time last season due to a concussion, but it doesn't appear as though that is the same issue that is preventing him from practicing currently. A starter when healthy, Allen has missed six games over the past two seasons with Houston. Look for Zach Fulton and Senio Kelemete to operate as the starting guard tandem while Allen is out.

Injury
Undisclosed - Physically Unable to Perform
T.J. Yates
News
Yates completed 14 of 24 passes for 137 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts.

Yates made his third start and didn't commit a turnover for the first time. He also had the Texans up at halftime. Those are the positive takeaways. In the second half, when the Colts have often folded this season, Yates was sacked for a safety and failed to lead the Texans on a scoring drive. Yates has been a dutiful solider on and off for the Texans since he was a fifth-round draft pick in 2011, but his future with the organization is murky. Pending good health, Deshaun Watson (knee) will be the starter in 2018, and Yates could hook on as a third-stringer or compete as a backup.

Kingsley Opara
No Updates
DeAndre Hopkins
News
Hopkins (calf) said he expects himself and Deshaun Watson (knee) to be the best quarterback and wideout tandem in the NFL during the upcoming season, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Hopkins actually managed just fine after Watson suffered a torn ACL in early November, but the rest of the Houston offense torpedoed, with the team ultimately losing nine of its final 10 games. While Watson's recovery will require close monitoring as the season approaches, Hopkins likely is back to full strength for the start of the offseason program, as the calf injury that sidelined him for Week 17 hasn't been mentioned since he used it as an excuse to skip the Pro Bowl in late January. Hopkins has only missed the one game in five professional seasons, averaging 82.6 catches for 1,173 yards and 7.3 touchdowns annually.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
LaTroy Lewis
News
Lewis (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Lewis, who missed the Texans' Week 16 loss to the Steelers, is now slated to miss the regular-season finale as well due to his shoulder injury. His absence won't have much of an impact, as he logged just three tackles in two games during the 2017 season.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jay Prosch
News
Prosch signed a three-year contract extension with the Texans on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The durable Prosch, who has played in all but one game in three seasons with the Texans, is primarily a lead blocker and special teams contributor. As a fantasy asset, there's not much there. Prosch has 10 rushing attempts and six targets over 47 games played.

Braxton Miller
News
Miller will be competing against fourth-round draft pick Keke Coutee for the slot receiver job, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Miller has yet to pan out since being drafted as a third rounder in 2016. The Texans are trying to fit him in as a slot receiver, but Coutee's selection should be seen as an indication of the team's view of Miller thus far.

Brandon Dunn
News
Dunn has been waived by the Texans.

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

D'Onta Foreman
News
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said Tuesday that he thinks Foreman (Achilles) will be ready for training camp, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Foreman suffered a season-ending Achilles injury Nov. 19 and has undergone intense rehabilitation ever since. O'Brien acknowledged the second-year back won't be able to do much during Organized Team Activities this spring, but Foreman should be ready by June to compete with Lamar Miller for the starting job.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for the start of training camp
Troymaine Pope
News
The Texans signed Pope to a reserve/future contract Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pope latched on with the Texans' practice squad in November but was never summoned to the 53-man roster. The team will take a longer look at the Jacksonville State product during its offseason program, but Pope doesn't have a great chance of cracking the roster out of training camp this summer.

Kendall Lamm
News
Lamm (concussion) is inactive for Sunday's tilt against the Colts.

Lamm was a full participant in practice Friday but failed to clear the concussion protocol in time for the game. Chad Slade has filled in for him the past couple weeks and likely will once again.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
Johnathan Joseph
News
Joseph rejoined the Texans on a two-year contract Thursday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Joseph battled injuries throughout the 2017 season but still started all 16 games for Houston, recording 47 tackles (37 solo), two interceptions and one return touchdown. The veteran cornerback, who will turn 34 in April, is in line to start once again this coming season, opposite newcomer Aaron Colvin.

Zach Fulton
News
Fulton will sign a contract with the Texans that nets him $7.5 million annually, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fulton displayed versatility in his four seasons with the Chiefs, starting at all three of the interior line spots. With the Texans already sporting 2016 second-round pick Nick Martin at center, Fulton is expected to serve as a guard in Houston. 2017 starting left guard Xavier Su'a-Filo will likely leave the team via free agency, making that the logical landing spot for Fulton on the offensive line.

Brennan Scarlett
News
Scarlett (foot) was placed on injured reserve Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans' injury woes continued Monday when it was announced Scarlett was placed on injured reserve, effectively ending his 2017 season. Scarlett etched his way into the starting lineup when he filled in for the recently departed John Simon at outside linebacker during the offseason. It's unsure what kind of role Scarlett will have in Houston next year. The 24-year-old tallied 29 tackles across 11 games this season.

Injury
Foot - Questionable for the start of training camp
Johnson Bademosi
News
Bademosi has reached an agreement on a two-year, $6.25 million contract with the Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Bademosi has been one of the league's better special-teams assets for years now and the Texans clearly paid him like it. The soon-to-be 28-year-old also has the versatility to play at cornerback -- after all, he started three games in 2017 -- but not to the extent where he's worthy of IDP consideration in advance of the 2018 campaign.

Duke Ejiofor
Injury
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for the start of training camp
No Updates
Jordan Todman
News
Todman (shoulder) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Todman sustained the injury in Monday's loss to the Steelers and was a non-participant at practice all week. The 27-year-old has not seen an offensive snap this season.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
Justin Reid
No Updates
Joel Heath
News
Heath (undisclosed) didn't participate in OTAs on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It's not sure what's bothering Heath, as he was healthy for the final seven games of 2017. Heath has worked as a depth lineman for the last two years, but he is slated to start opposite J.J. Watt on the Texans' defensive front in 2018.

Injury
Undisclosed - Questionable for the start of training camp
Corey Moore
News
The Texans placed Moore (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Moore was looking at a multiweek recovery timeline after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Monday's 34-6 loss to the Steelers, so the Texans decided to shut him down in order to open up a roster spot ahead of the regular-season finale against the Colts. The team signed quarterback Josh Johnson in a corresponding move to offer additional depth under center. Primarily a special-teams contributor for the Texans, Moore finishes his third NFL season with 27 tackles (20 solo) and one pass breakup across 14 games.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dylan Cole
News
Cole (hamstring) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

This is the first full practice that Cole has managed to put together since he suffered the hamstring strain back in Week 6. He looks to now be on track to return to the field as a depth option in the Texans' front seven.

Matt Lengel
News
Lengel was claimed off waivers by the Texans on Friday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Lengel dressed in just one game for the Browns last season and played one snap on offense and four on special teams. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound tight end did make two catches and scored a touchdown in 2016 for the Patriots, but with that as the pinnacle of his career, he'll have to prove himself in training camp if he wants to snag a depth role in 2018.

Tyrann Mathieu
News
The Texans want Mathieu to focus on playing safety, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports. "We told [Mathieu] that we really do value - as you know - we value versatility, but we also understand that a guy needs to have basically one home," said Texans coach Bill O'Brien. "He needs to understand and master that one home, which is safety for Tyrann. Then, in different packages that are played less of the time, maybe he does something else.

Mathieu played a steady mix of safety and slot corner during his time in Arizona, also getting a few looks as an outside corner and nickel linebacker. He led the NFL in both defensive snaps (1,056) and total snaps (1,263) last season, but hasn't quite looked like the best version of himself since suffering the second ACL tear of his career late in the 2015 campaign. With starting free safety Andre Hal returning and slot corner Aaron Colvin also signed this offseason, Mathieu figures to open training camp as the starter at strong safety, a favorable spot for piling up tackles.

Kareem Jackson
News
Jackson recorded three solo tackles, one pass breakup and one interception Sunday against the Jaguars.

Jackson played 58 of 70 defensive snaps Sunday. The veteran corner hasn't been logging many tackles lately, with just nine in his last three games, and with a matchup against the run-happy Jags, the trend likely will continue. Jags QB Blake Bortles has thrown only one pick in his last three games, which hurts Jackson's chances of creating value in other ways.

Angelo Blackson
News
Blackson signed a contract with the Texans on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

While the Texans elected not to tender Blackson as a restricted free agent, he's back in the fold after spending the final nine games of the 2017 season with the Texans. The 25-year-old recorded nine tackles and one pass break-up with Houston, and will likely serve as a rotational defensive lineman again in 2018.

Eddie Pleasant
News
Pleasant had four tackles (three solo), two sacks and one forced fumble against the Rams on Sunday.

Pleasant has not posted more than a half sack in a season before, so he quadrupled his career high Sunday. However, he's still the No. 3 safety in Houston and has logged more than 30 snaps in a game only once this season, making it difficult to summon him in most fantasy formats.

Peter Kalambayi
No Updates
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
No Updates
Brian Cushing
News
Cushing visited with the Seahawks on Wednesday, Liz Mathews of USA Today reports.

When he wasn't injured or suspended during nine seasons with the Texans, Cushing was quite productive, averaging 6.4 tackles per game while accumulating 13.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles and eight interceptions across 104 contests. Working alongside Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright, Cushing would solidify the second level of the Seahawks defense, assuming the two sides reach agreement on a contract.

Keke Coutee
No Updates
Alfred Blue
News
Blue is signing a one-year contract with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

A 2014 sixth-round pick, Blue had a stint as the Texans' featured back during his second pro season, but he was limited to 72 carries for 262 yards and a touchdown in 11 games last year. He'll provide insurance while D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) and Tyler Ervin (knee) recover from major injuries, though he ultimately may end up competing with undrafted rookies Terry Swanson and Lavon Coleman for a single spot on the 53-man roster. Blue's lack of speed and pass-game skills limit his upside.

Derek Newton
News
Newton (knee) was released by the Texans on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Newton was entering the fourth year of a five-year, $26 million contract. The obvious reason for his release is the residual effects of the ruptured patellar tendons he sustained in both of his knees back in 2016, which sidelined him for all of 2017. It's unclear when Newton will be able to play again, though he has been working toward a return. The 30-year-old lineman doesn't yet have a timetable for recovery, but he could sign with another team if he's able get healthy and pass a physical down the road.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Terry Swanson
No Updates
Jaryd Jones-Smith
No Updates
Greg Mancz
News
Mancz (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Martin missed Monday's loss to the Ravens but should resume his reserve role this week against the Titans.

Andre Chachere
No Updates
Kyle Fuller
News
Fuller (hamstring) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Fuller missed Sunday's loss to the Chiefs, but it seems as if the hamstring injury is now behind him after logging a full practice Thursday. Look for an official update on his status to come either after Friday's injury report or before Sunday's game against the Browns.

Martinas Rankin
No Updates
Christian Covington
News
Covington (biceps) said Wednesday that he received full medical clearance for football activities, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Covington was shut down after for the season after tearing his biceps in a Week 8 loss to the Seahawks, finishing the 2017 campaign with 16 tackles (10 solo), one sack and one forced fumble across seven games (two starts). After having completed his rehab process following surgery to repair his biceps, Covington shouldn't face any limitations when the Texans' offseason program begins in the spring. Look for Covington to work in a rotational role along the defensive line in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal.

Lavon Coleman
No Updates
Stephen Morris
News
Morris was claimed off waivers Monday by the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Morris was waived by the Seahawks three days ago after spending a month under contract with the team. With Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb the only quarterbacks on the Texans' roster behind Deshaun Watson, Morris should have a legitimate shot at competing for a backup job this offseason.

Jon Weeks
No Updates
Treston Decoud
News
The Texans are moving Decoud from cornerback to safety, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Decoud, a fifth-round draft pick in 2017, played 10 games (no starts) last season, finishing with seven tackles. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Decoud has the size to play safety and will compete for a backup job with rookie Justin Reid and veterans Corey Moore and Kurtis Drummond. Tyrann Mathieu and Andre Hal are the expected starters as the Texans prepare for organized team activities later this month.

Nick Martin
News
Martin (ankle) has resumed running after undergoing ankle surgery in late December, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

The center continues to make progress after missing the final two games of last season with the ankle injury. Look for more updates to come as training camp nears, with the veteran expected to be ready for the beginning of the regular season.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
MyCole Pruitt
News
Pruitt (calf) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Pruitt was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Jaguars and will now be sidelined for the final two games of the year as the Texans decided to pull the plug on the 25-year-old's season. Pruitt played in just one game for the Texans, logging 13 offensive snaps.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jelani Jenkins
News
Jenkins won't return to Sunday's game against the Colts due to a hamstring injury.

Jenkins has played in just six games this season, recording 11 tackles. The fifth-year pro only played more than 15 defensive snaps twice in those games, so he doesn't leave many defensive snaps in his absence.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Lamar Miller
News
With D'Onta Foreman still recovering from an Achilles injury, Miller figures to keep his roster spot and starting job heading into the 2018 season, NFL.com's Greg Rosenthal reports.

Once Foreman began making a push in the middle of his rookie campaign, there was some thought Miller could be a cap casualty following the second season of a four-year, $26 million contract he signed in 2016. Given the severity of Foreman's injury in combination with the Texans' decision not to make any major additions to the backfield, Miller now appears safe to make it into the third year of his deal. It's still quite possible he'll need to fend off a challenge from Foreman at some point in the year, as the former Dolphin has been limited too 3.9 yards per carry, 7.7 yards per catch and 6.1 yards per target in 30 games for the Texans.

Deshaun Watson
News
Watson (knee) was seen participating in throwing drills during OTAs on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

This is the first time Watson has been seen participating in any sort of football activity after going down with a torn ACL last season, which is another encouraging sign as training camp approaches. Head coach Bill O'Brien has said that Watson is on track to participate in the team's training camp in July, and the fact that the second-year quarterback is already on the field throwing certainly backs that claim up. Barring any setbacks, expect Watson's workload to gradually increase as the offseason moves along in anticipation of a potential return as the starting quarterback Week 1.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Joe Webb
News
Webb signed with the Texans on Thursday, Jonathan Jones of Sports Illustrated reports.

Webb has thrown only seven passes in an NFL game since 2011, with both completions coming last season with the Bills after he was forced to play quarterback in an overtime game against the Colts that featured heavy snowfall. While Webb is still considered a quarterback, he'll likely be used in different spots on the field when needed given his diverse skill set and athleticism.

Andre Ellington
News
Ellington had two carries for five yards and six catches on nine targets for 72 yards in four games with the Texans.

Ellington began the 2017 season as a pass-catching specialist for the Cardinals and had some productive games early. His name was mentioned as a possible fill-in when David Johnson suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week 1. However, the Cardinals went to great lengths to avoid using Ellington in the RB rotation. The 28-year-old was eventually released and landed with the Texans for the final weeks of the season. There were opportunities for Ellington as a receiver in Houston due to injuries at wideout, and he played 47 snaps in his Week 13 debut. However, as the injury situation improved, Ellington was limited to just 22 snaps over the final four weeks. The Texans are already set at running back with Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman. If Alfred Blue returns to the fold, there will be little room for Ellington.

Zach Cunningham
News
Cunningham had a team-leading nine tackles and half a sack in Sunday's 26-16 loss to San Francisco.

Cunningham recorded a sack for the second straight week and played all 73 defensive snaps. The rookie remained at inside linebacker despite the return of veteran Brian Cushing from a 10-game suspension. He's tied for second on the team with 62 tackles (32 solo, 30 assists), which is good for him, but on the low end for linebackers (52nd).

Richard Leonard
Injury
Jordan Thomas
No Updates
Vyncint Smith
No Updates
Ryan Griffin
News
Houston drafted a pair of tight ends to join Griffin, using a third-round selection on Jordan Akins and a sixth-round pick on Jordan Thomas, Deepi Sidhu of the team's official website reports.

Akins and Thomas combined for only 52 catches last season, and neither seems likely to be an immediate contributor. However, the duo did well to land with a Texans team that has an obvious need at tight end after C.J. Fiedorowicz retired due to a string of concussions. Griffin has a troublesome concussion history in his own right, with the most recent incident landing him on injured reserve in early November. He'll likely enter training camp as the favorite to serve as Houston's top pass catcher at tight end, but Akins and Stephen Anderson could also push for the job. It's difficult to envision a scenario in which any of the Houston tight ends is worth owning in standard leagues.

Seantrel Henderson
News
Henderson signed a contract with the Texans on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Henderson played a reserve role for the Bills in 2017, and he'll likely slot into the same role for Houston in 2018.

Jevoni Robinson
No Updates
Ka'imi Fairbairn
News
Fairbairn made both of his field-goal attempts and lone extra-point kick in Sundays' 22-13 loss to Indianapolis.

Fairbairn booted field goals from 52 and 46 yards, and finished the season with 92 points. When Deshaun Watson (knee) was healthy, Fairbairn became a productive scorer, but his output suffered after the quarterback's season-ending injury. He's got a long leg, making nine of 11 from beyond 40 yards, including three of four from outside 50, and should improve in 2018 if Watson comes back healthy and is as productive as he was in 2017.

Ben Heeney
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Heeney (knee) signed a contract with the Texans on Monday, the Laredo Morning-Times reports.

Heeney totaled two tackles in five games for the Texans last season before undergoing knee surgery and landing on injured reserve. The 25-year-old is likely to serve primarily as a special teams contributor again for Houston in 2018.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Chris Clark
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The Texans will place Clark (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Houston opted to shut Clark down for the season after it became clear he would miss additional time after injuring his ankle in Monday's loss to the Ravens. Clark, who has served as the Texans' starting left tackle for most of the season while Duane Brown held out before being dealt to the Seahawks in October, will likely be replaced by Kendall Lamm.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
Aaron Colvin
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Colvin plans to sign a four-year deal with Texans, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports.

The deal is reported to be $34 million, with $18 million guaranteed. Colvin recorded 45 tackles (38 solo) and five passes defensed in 16 games with the Jaguars last season. The Texans allowed the most points in the league last season, so the addition of Colvin could go a long way in shoring up their secondary.

Jermaine Kelly
No Updates
Bruce Ellington
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Ellington (hamstring) signed a one-year, $1.25 million contract with the Texans, receiving $200,000 guaranteed in the form of a signing bonus, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

A 2014 fourth-round selection, Ellington never made an impact in San Francisco but caught on with the Texans last preseason. He even started in six of his 11 regular-season appearances, yet managed only 29 catches for 330 yards and two touchdowns on 54 targets (6.1 YPT), mostly operating as Houston's No. 3 receiver. While Ellington's signing bonus suggests he'll have a good shot to stick on the team, his contract isn't indicative of a player locked into a key role. He'll likely face competition for the No. 3 job, be it from a veteran signing, a draft pick or someone already on the roster. Ellington finished both of the past two seasons on injured reserve due to hamstring injuries.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jadeveon Clowney
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Clowney (knee) has not yet been cleared to practice at OTAs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Clowney underwent a minor arthroscopic procedure on his knee back in January, and while he was originally expected to be medically cleared by April, the defensive end is still unable to participate in any sort of offseason workout. It's possible the Texans are just exercising caution with one of their several injured stars on defense, but Clowney still remains without a clear-cut timetable in his recovery from surgery.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dee Virgin
No Updates
Will Fuller
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Fuller (knee) is healthy for the start of OTAs, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fuller displayed a promising rapport with rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) last season, nabbing seven touchdown passes between Weeks 4 and 7. If he manages to stay on the field during the 2018 campaign, the third-year wideout should provide the Texans with a speedy option to pair with Deandre Hopkins as a dynamic tandem for Watson. Fuller caught seven passes of 20-plus yards last season and two of 40-plus yards, all of which came with Watson at the helm.

Brandon Weeden
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Weeden is signing with the Texans, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Weeden spent part of 2015 and all of 2016 with the Texans, but he was released at the end of the preseason last year. He later caught on with the Titans as their No. 3 quarterback, ultimately failing to take a snap for a second straight year. The 2012 first-round pick owns a 6-19 record as a starter, with a 57.9 completion percentage, 6.7 yards per attempt, 31 touchdowns and 30 interceptions. He'll compete with Taylor Heinecke for the backup job in Houston, though it's quite possible the team adds more help while Deshaun Watson recovers from a torn ACL.

Darius Kilgo
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Kilgo signed a reserve/future contract with the Texans on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

Kilgo failed to find a home in 2017 after spending the previous season on the Patriots' practice squad. The 26-year-old also spent time with the Broncos in 2015. He'll now look to solidify a spot on Texans' 53-man roster in 2018.

Kendall Calhoun
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D.J. Reader
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The Texans placed Reader on injured reserve Tuesday due to a sprained knee, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It wasn't originally known why Reader was shut down for the Texans' final two contests, but Wilson's report provides clarity on the situation. Reader won't require surgery to address the injury and should be a full participant in the Texans' offseason program.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jester Weah
No Updates
Stephen Anderson
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Anderson will be challenged to be the top backup to Ryan Griffin at tight end, Jon McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans drafted a pair tight ends -- Jordan Akins in the third round and Jordan Thomas in the sixth -- so the team is certainly looking closely at the position. Houston had good production out of their tight ends in 2016, but injuries limited their impact in 2017. Anderson had a run as the starter late in the season, but saw his snaps diminish each week. Blocking has been a weakness and if Anderson can't protect Deshaun Watson, his spot as the backup is susceptible to a challenge by either rookie.

Kevin Johnson
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Johnson's fifth-year option was exercised by the Texans on Monday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson has endured some struggles during his first contract in Houston, some of which have been aided by injuries, but the former first-round pick is hoping to use 2018 as a bounce back season. While Houston's decision to exercise the fifth-year of Johnson's contract is somewhat a vote of confidence for the 25-year-old, the team can still release Johnson at no cost if he passes his physical at the beginning of the 2019 league year next March.

Ibraheim Campbell
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Campbell was promoted to the Texans' active roster Tuesday.

Campbell joined the practice squad last week after the Browns released him earlier in the season due to a hamstring injury. Now healthy, the safety will look to carve out a role on defense or special teams for Houston's final two games of the season.

Sammie Coates
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The Texans have claimed Coates off waivers, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

A 2015 third-round selection, Coates made noise with a slew of long gains early in the 2016 season, but then fell out of favor while hampered by drops and injuries the rest of the year. He was traded from the Steelers to the Browns in September and caught only six passes for 70 yards in 12 games with his new team. Coates doesn't seem like a great fit in Houston, where there's more of a need for a No. 3/possession type than a home-run hitter. His best shot at earning a roster spot would be to make a strong impression on special teams in training camp and the preseason.

Marcus Hardison
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Hardison (shoulder), who ended the season on injured reserve, is now healthy, Cincinnati.com reports.

Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular-season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.

Jordan Akins
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Julie'n Davenport
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Davenport is expected to start at left tackle Week 16 against the Steelers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It will be a tough spot for the rookie from Bucknell, who will be making his first start of the season against the league's fifth-ranked passing defense. Davenport will be filling in for Kendall Lamm (concussion).

Tyler Ervin
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The Texans placed Ervin on injured reserve Wednesday.

It was revealed Monday that Ervin suffered a torn patellar tendon in Sunday's win over the Titans that would require season-ending surgery, so the move to IR isn't a surprising one. The Texans will replace the running back on the 53-man roster with defensive back Marcus Cromartie.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Nick Thurman
No Updates
Josh Thornton
No Updates
Chris Thompson
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Thompson caught all three of his targets for a team-high 54 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts.

Thompson was already moved up the depth chart for the game when DeAndre Hopkins (calf) was made inactive, then moved up another notch when Will Fuller was removed due to a knee injury. The undrafted free agent made more of an impact as a kick returner in 2017 and should be in the mix for the same job next season, if the Texans bring him back in 2018.

Davin Bellamy
No Updates
Trevor Daniel
No Updates
Mason Gentry
No Updates
Shane Lechler
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Lechler re-signed Thursday with the Texans on a one-year contract, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Lechler, 41, will return for his 19th NFL season after ranking second and 10th in the league in average yards per punt (49.0) and net yards per punt (41.3), respectively, during the 2017 campaign. A seven-time Pro Bowler and six-time first-team All-Pro, Lechler has been the premier punter of his generation and is showing no signs of slippage during the tail end of a brilliant career.

David Quessenberry
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The Texans promoted Quessenberry from the practice squad Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Texans in 2013, Quessenberry has yet to make his NFL debut, with a prolonged battle with cancer primarily responsible for disrupting his career. After being declared cancer-free earlier this year, Quessenberry was able to resume his career and looks like he'll now get his long-awaited opportunity to play for Houston over its final two games. He'll likely serve in a depth role at guard.

Whitney Mercilus
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Mercilus (pectoral) said Tuesday that he was cleared a month ago and is 100 percent, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.

Mercilus underwent season-ending surgery after suffering a torn pectoral in Week 5 of last season, but it looks like he has been ready to go for several weeks now. With Mercilus saying he'd be able to participate in a full practice Tuesday, the expectation is that the linebacker will be a full go once offseason workouts get into full swing.

J.J. Watt
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Texans coach Bill O'Brien reiterated Monday that he expects Watt (lower leg) to return at full strength, NFL Network's Good Morning Football reports.

O'Brien deemed Watt ahead of schedule in early March and doubled down on the optimism when talking with the media in early April. While it's a good sign that his coach has been consistently optimistic, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year still hasn't participated in any form of on-field activity since having surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture. He had 1.5 sacks in eight games over the past two seasons, after posting remarkable averages of 78.8 tackles, 17.3 sacks and 3.8 forced fumbles per year while playing every game from 2012 to 2015. Watt turned 29 in March and doesn't even need to make it all the way back to his peak form to be a dominant player.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ufomba Kamalu
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The Texans re-signed Kamalu, an exclusive-rights free agent, to a one-year, $630,000 contract Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 25-year-old has made 13 appearances (two starts) with the Texans over two seasons in the NFL, logging 11 tackles and three sacks. Now that he's back in the fold for 2018, Kamalu will likely serve as a backup to edge rushers Jadeveon Clowney (knee) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral).

Carlos Watkins
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Watkins could be part of the rotation at nose tackle, where snaps will be available following the expected retirement of Vince Wilfork, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Watkins, selected in the fourth round (142nd overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft, played both nose tackle and defensive tackle at Clemson, where his quickness produced eye-popping sack totals from the interior defensive line. With the Texans, he'll be deployed as a run-stopper, meaning he'll need to add strength over the course of the summer.

 
 
 
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