Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense16th113.7 (15th)258.4 (16th)
Defense9th92.1 (8th)237.7 (13th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
50Adams, Tyrell LB6-22304/11/19923West Georgia
88Akins, Jordan TE6-42504/19/1992RUCF
23Bademosi, Johnson DB6-02057/23/19907Stanford
97Blackson, Angelo DE6-432011/14/19924Auburn
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22254/27/19915LSU
90Clowney, Jadeveon LB6-52702/14/19935South Carolina
18Coates, Sammie WR6-12103/31/19934Auburn
22Colvin, Aaron CB6-019510/2/19915Oklahoma
16Coutee, Keke WR5-111801/14/1997RTexas Tech
95Covington, Christian DE6-230510/16/19934Rice
41Cunningham, Zach LB6-323512/12/19942Vanderbilt
8Daniel, Trevor P6-122512/8/1994RTennessee
70Davenport, Julie'n T6-73201/9/19952Bucknell
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23109/5/19923Louisville
53Ejiofor, Duke LB6-42754/24/1995RWake Forest
21Ervin, Tyler RB5-1018510/7/19933San Jose State
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-01901/29/19943UCLA
27Foreman, D'Onta RB6-12354/24/19962Texas
15Fuller, Will WR6-01804/16/19943Notre Dame
73Fulton, Zach G6-53159/23/19915Tennessee
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62551/11/19906Connecticut
29Hal, Andre DB5-101955/30/19925Vanderbilt
93Heath, Joel DE6-63006/18/19933Michigan State
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12156/6/19926Clemson
38Howell, Buddy RB6-12253/27/1996RFlorida Atlantic
25Jackson, Kareem SS5-101854/10/19889Alabama
31Jamerson, Natrell DB6-020012/15/1995RWisconsin
24Joseph, Johnathan CB5-111854/16/198413South Carolina
58Kalambayi, Peter LB6-32506/26/1995RStanford
64Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19906Washington
74Lamm, Kendall T6-63106/5/19924Appalachian State
65Mancz, Greg C6-43104/23/19924Toledo
66Martin, Nick C6-43004/29/19933Notre Dame
32Mathieu, Tyrann FS5-91855/13/19926LSU
55McKinney, Benardrick LB6-426011/19/19924Mississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney LB6-42657/21/19907Illinois
26Miller, Lamar RB5-102204/25/19917Miami (FL)
33Moore, A.J. DB5-1120212/15/1995ROle Miss
52Peters, Brian LB6-424010/31/19884Northwestern (Ia)
75Rankin, Martinas T6-531510/20/1994RMississippi State
98Reader, D.J. NT6-33357/1/19943Clemson
20Reid, Justin DB6-12052/15/1997RStanford
57Scarlett, Brennan LB6-42607/31/19933Stanford
71Sharpe, David T6-634310/21/19952Florida
17Smith, Vyncint WR6-31956/9/1996RLimestone College
83Thomas, Jordan TE6-52808/2/1996RMississippi State
34Tyson, Mike DB6-22007/27/19931Cincinnati
91Watkins, Carlos DE6-331012/5/19932Clemson
4Watson, Deshaun QB6-22209/14/19952Clemson
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52953/22/19898Wisconsin
5Webb, Joe QB6-423011/14/19869UAB
3Weeden, Brandon QB6-323010/14/19837Oklahoma State
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19869Baylor
43Wright, Shareece DB5-111844/8/19878USC
Injured Players
51Cole, Dylan (IR) LB6-02205/19/19942Missouri State
12Ellington, Bruce (IR) WR5-92008/22/19915South Carolina
50Heeney, Ben (IR) LB6-02305/13/19924Kansas
76Henderson, Seantrel (IR) T6-73301/21/19925Miami (FL)
30Johnson, Kevin (IR) CB6-01858/5/19924Wake Forest
35Kelly, Jermaine (IR) DB6-11952/26/1995RSan Jose State
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
36Webster, Kayvon (IR) DB5-111902/1/19916South Florida
Practice Squad
 Adams, Jerell TE6-525412/31/19923South Carolina
48Bellamy, Davin LB6-524512/27/1994RGeorgia
37Chachere, Andre DB6-02002/10/1996RSan Jose State
 Dupre, Malachi WR6-219610/12/19951LSU
 Ferguson, Josh RB5-102055/23/19933Illinois
61Fuller, Kyle G6-53103/4/19942Baylor
 Grayson, Cyril WR5-918312/5/19931LSU
 Johnson, Roderick T6-630611/28/19952Florida State
62Slade, Chad G6-53155/4/19922Auburn
86Weah, Jester WR6-32102/7/1995RPittsburgh
 Whitney, Isaac WR6-22046/22/19941USC
 
 
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Position Listing
Natrell Jamerson
No Updates
Benardrick McKinney
News
McKinney recorded 11 tackles (six solo) and a sack across 62 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Bills.

McKinney has a sack in back-to-back games and he now has 44 tackles on the season -- as Sunday marked his first double-digit tackle count of the season. McKinney played 100 percent of the defensive snaps once again, as the 25-year-old continues to see a heavy workload alongside fellow linebacker Zach Cunningham.

Senio Kelemete
News
Kelemete (knee) has returned to Sunday's game against the Colts, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kelemete's return will be important to the Texans' run game as they try to kill the clock against the Colts. Greg Mancz returns to the bench.

Andre Hal
News
Hal (illness) was activated for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Hal is making it back from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, which was first diagnosed in June. With Kareem Jackson sliding from safety to cornerback for the game, there will be a need at safety for Hal.

Buddy Howell
News
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said that he views Howell as a runner who can contribute on first and second downs, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Good size, first- and second-down back," O'Brien said of Howell, whom the team claimed off waivers over the weekend. "Liked what we saw on film on offense and on special teams, so we took a shot and we'll see how it goes."

While suiting up for the Dolphins during the preseason Howell rushed for 76 yards (5.4 per carry) and one touchdown, but it wasn't enough for the undrafted rookie to crack the 53-man roster. The Texans saw enough potential in the 6-foot-1, 225-pounder to put in a claim, adding him to a running-back room lacking in quality depth behind starter Lamar Miller. Though he offers intriguing size between the tackles, Howell enters the season as the clear No. 4 man on the depth chart and is expected to make most of his near-term contributions on special teams.

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.

David Sharpe
News
Sharpe was promoted to the Texans' active roster Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

It appears that the Texans had planned to have the offensive lineman on their active roster from the start but had him join the practice squad to get acquainted with the team. Sharpe is entering his second NFL season after being selected by the Raiders in the fourth round of last year's draft.

DeAndre Hopkins
News
Hopkins brought in three of eight targets for 50 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' 20-7 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Hopkins may have only had three catches, but his day had a little bit of extra zest to it considering how he compiled them. The Pro Bowl receiver made a nifty one-handed grab down the left sideline for 31 yards with Jalen Ramsey in coverage, and he also got the better of the stalwart corner on a physical, early third-quarter 10-yard scoring grab. It was a quiet day for the Texans' passing game overall, leading to Hopkins' lowest reception and receiving yardage totals of the season. He'll look to boost his production back up to normal levels against the Dolphins in a Week 8 Thursday night matchup.

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
Coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that he doesn't think Foreman (Achilles) is ready to return from the Physically Unable to Perform list ahead of the Texans' Week 7 game against the Jaguars, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Now that he's sat out the mandatory six weeks after being placed on the PUP list at the conclusion of the preseason, Foreman is eligible for activation at any point over the next six weeks. Based on O'Brien's comments, it doesn't sound as though Foreman is ready to resume practice yet, even though the second-year back indicated earlier in the month that he's on track in his recovery from surgery to repair a torn left Achilles' tendon. Once Foreman returns to practice, the Texans will have a 21-day window to either activate him, release him, or keep him on the PUP list for the remainder of the season.

Injury
Achilles - Physically Unable to Perform
Malachi Dupre
News
Dupre signed with the Texans' practice squad Tuesday.

Dupre was cut from the Texans' practice squad last week but has quickly rejoined the unit. The 22-year-old will work to carve out a depth or special teams role with the team this time around.

Tyrell Adams
News
Adams (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve, according to the league's official transaction log.

The nature of Adams' injury isn't clear, but the linebacker is now stuck on IR through the end of the league year unless he agrees to an injury settlement.

Cyril Grayson
News
Grayson and the Seahawks agreed to a reserve/future deal Tuesday.

Grayson spent his rookie season on the Seahawks' practice squad. He figured to have some work ahead of him when the team picked him up, as he had not played organized football since his senior year of high school in 2011. However, he was a seven-time All-American and four-time national champion as a member of the LSU track team, so the athletic ability is still there. It remains to be seen if he has done enough work to earn a role with the team in 2018.

Kendall Lamm
News
Lamm (shoulder) was a full participant during Wednesday's practice.

Lamm was inserted as the starter for Julie'n Davenport in Week 4's matchup against the Colts but left in overtime after sustaining a shoulder injury. His shoulder no longer appears to be an issue, and he should be ready to go versus the Cowboys on Sunday night.

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 (ankle) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars,

It is unclear if Fulton suffered a setback, as he was originally deemed questionable for the contest. Still, the decision is not all that surprising given his absence at practice throughout the week. In his absence, look for Greg Mancz to replace him as the starting right guard.

Injury
Ankle - Inactive for Week 7 at Jacksonville
Brennan Scarlett
News
Scarlett (foot) is getting reps with the first-team defense while starter Jadeveon Clowney is being eased into drills, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Scarlett, who finished up 2017 on injured reserve due to a foot injury, is healthy again and working on moves to elude blockers. He started five of 11 games played last season and recorded 29 tackles with two sacks.

Johnson Bademosi
News
Bademosi (knee) is active for Sunday's tilt against Tennessee.

Bademosi was limited in practice throughout the week and it isn't clear if he'll be at all limited in his play Sunday. Look for him to resume his typical role as a backup secondary player.

Duke Ejiofor
News
Ejiofor had three tackles and one sack in Sunday's 20-17 loss to the Titans in Week 2.

Ejiofor made his NFL debut Sunday after sitting out last week's opener against the Patriots due to a hamstring injury. He got more snaps than anticipated with Jadeveon Clowney (back) inactive and was used primarily in passing situations. He came close to a second sack when he flushed Tennessee's Blaine Gabbert out of the pocket.

Justin Reid
News
Reid had six tackles and an interception over 56 plays in a Week 5 win over the Cowboys.

Reid's pick was his first NFL interception. He quickly reacted to a pass defensed by Johnathan Joseph and dove for the ball before it hit the ground. We could see more of the rookie in the coming weeks if Kareem Jackson is needed at cornerback after Kayvon Webster injured his quadriceps against Dallas. Reid, Houston's third-round draft pick out of Stanford, has 21 tackles, three passes defensed and one interception over five games.

Joel Heath
News
Heath (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Heath will suit up for the first time since Week 6 against the Browns. The second-year pro has yet to play significant defensive snaps, but due to injuries on the Texans' defensive front, he may be in for a high snap count Sunday. However, it's quite possible Houston keeps his snap count low since he only practiced as a limited participant all week.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 7 at Jacksonville
Dylan Cole
News
Cole underwent wrist and knee surgery Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Cole dislocated his wrist during Sunday's loss to the Giants and was subsequently placed on injured reserve Monday. Per the report, the second-year linebacker's knee also went under the knife, though that surgery would've been delayed until a later date if not for his wrist needing immediate attention. Cole will miss the rest of the season and will attempt to fully recover in time for training camp in 2019.

Injury
Wrist - Injured Reserve
Tyrann Mathieu
News
Mathieu recorded nine tackles (seven solo) and one pass defensed across 62 defensive snaps in Sunday's loss to the Giants.

Mathieu played every defensive snap in Sunday's loss, leading the team in tackles in the process. A team captain on defense, Mathieu has been a vocal leader on and off the field this season for the Texans, a role he showcased nicely in Sunday's performance.

Kareem Jackson
News
Jackson will start at cornerback Sunday against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Jackson will slide from safety to cornerback with Shareece Wright ruled out Week 7 due to a groin injury. This is nothing new for Jackson, who has been a cornerback much of his career, and has toggled between safety and corner this season as injuries have hit Houston's defensive backs hard. Jackson leads Houston with two interceptions and is third with 35 tackles.

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.

Peter Kalambayi
No Updates
Brian Peters
News
Peters (ankle) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Peters has yet to participate in practice since suffering an ankle injury in Week 4, so the rotational linebacker's lack of availability this week was never in question. Tyrell Adams remains Houston's only backup at the inside linebacker position.

Injury
Ankle - Inactive for Week 7 at Jacksonville
Keke Coutee
News
Though Coutee said the hamstring injury he suffered in Sunday's win over the Jaguars isn't as bad as the one that slowed him earlier this season, he doesn't expect to play Thursday against the Dolphins, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The short turnaround makes it very difficult for Coutee to rebound in time for Thursday night's contest. His anticipated absence figures to free up some targets for fellow wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

Injury
Hamstring - Doubtful for Week 8 vs. Miami
Alfred Blue
News
Blue had seven carries for 26 yards and caught two of three targets for 17 yards in Sunday's 20-13 win over the Bills.

Blue was back in a secondary role behind Lamar Miller, who was ready to handle the burden of being Houston's lead back after suiting up but not playing last week due to a chest injury. Blue's greatest contribution to Sunday's winning effort was a fumble recovery deep in Texans' territory, allowing Houston to hold possession and march down the field for a game-tying field goal. His nine touches were about at his season average when Miller is healthy, so it's back to normal. What hasn't been normal for Blue is his use as a receiver. His 15 targets and 11 receptions in 2018 are just shy of his previous career highs (15 catches, 18 targets).

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
News
Rankin stepped in at left tackle Sunday when Julie'n Davenport shifted to right tackle after Seantrel Henderson left the game with an ankle injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Rankin, a 2018 third-round draft pick out of Mississippi State, made his NFL debut and had some problems, which is not surprising given his lack of experience and the level of competition. He allowed one sack and acknowledged a need to improve his technique. Rankin also needs to establish chemistry with the unit because he didn't get many reps during preseason due to a foot injury. Henderson was placed on injured reserve and is done for the season, so the Texans will likely look at some free-agent linemen this week or bring someone up from the practice squad.

Christian Covington
News
Covington will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair his torn biceps, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Covington tore his biceps during Sunday's loss to Seattle and was placed on injured reserve Monday. Under contract through the 2018 season, Covington will look to make it back in time for the start of offseason workouts.

Jon Weeks
No Updates
Roderick Johnson
News
Johnson was waived by the Texans on Thursday.

Johnson spent nearly a month on Houston's active roster, but he was ultimately unable to stick with the team. The 2017 fifth-round pick will become an unrestricted free agent if he clears waivers and will attempt to find a depth role elsewhere in the NFL.

Shareece Wright
News
Wright (shoulder) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Wright continues to recover from shoulder, hand and wrist injuries. With Aaron Colvin (ankle) also ruled out, Houston's right cornerback position could prove an area of weakness as long as Wright remains sidelined.

Injury
Shoulder - Inactive for Week 7 at Jacksonville
Nick Martin
News
Martin (ankle) logged 12 offensive snaps during Saturday's 21-20 preseason loss to the Rams.

Martin rehabbed from offseason ankle surgery and will start at center in 2018.

A.J. Moore
News
Moore was claimed off waivers from the Patriots on Sunday.

Moore was an undrafted free agent out of the University of Mississippi. He started all 12 games in his senior year as the Rebels' primary nickel corner. He registered 48 tackles, a sack, a fumble recovery, and three pass breakups. To clear spot on the roster for Moore, the Texans waived safety Kurtis Drummond.

Lamar Miller
News
Miller rushed 22 times for 100 yards and a touchdown and lost a yard on his only reception in the Texans' 20-7 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Miller picked a curious time to go for his first 100-yard performance of the season, as he was able to do it against one of the tougher defenses in the entire league. The veteran back was a clutch component of the offense on an afternoon where the Texans looked to manage Deshaun Watson's exposure in the wake of the young quarterback still dealing with a partly collapsed lung. The performance was Miller's best since the opener versus the Patriots, and his rushing touchdown marked his first visit to the end zone on the ground this season. Miller will look to build on Sunday's tally against the Dolphins in a Week 8 Thursday night matchup.

Deshaun Watson
News
Watson completed 12 of 24 passes for 139 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Texans' 20-7 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also rushed seven times for 13 yards.

It might be about as quiet a performance as we'll see from Watson all year, but in the wake of reports that the team is carefully managing the second-year quarterback's serious lung injury, a game manager-type of role was probably what best suited him Sunday. Watson managed to avoid any miscues against an aggressive Jaguars defense and relied on his own surprisingly effective unit and a strong ground performance by Lamar Miller. Watson was also partly handicapped by the early exit of Keke Coutee (hamstring), but with Houston in control for almost the entirety of the contest, he also didn't need to take many chances. Having gotten through a tough divisional matchup, Watson will now hope for improving health on a short week before a Week 8 Thursday night battle at home versus the Dolphins.

Joe Webb
News
Webb was re-signed by the Texans on Sunday, NFL insider Adam Caplan reports.

Webb was cut by the Texans on Saturday as the reserve quarterback was an original omission from the 53-man roster, but a spot became available and the team elected to bring back the versatile 31-year-old. He'll continue to provide depth behind starter Deshaun Watson with Brandon Weeden still on the roster as well.

Zach Cunningham
News
Cunningham recorded 13 tackles (nine solo) across 62 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Bills.

Cunningham now has back-to-back weeks with a double-digit tackle count and is averaging 8.5 tackles per game this season. He played in 100 percent of the defensive snaps and is carving out a role as an IDP candidate this season.

Richard Leonard
Injury
Jordan Thomas
News
Thomas is expected to receive more playing time with Ryan Griffin (illness) ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Both Thomas and Jordan Akins will get a bump in playing time, although that might not mean much against a Jacksonville defense that's tied with Baltimore as the league's top-ranked passing defense. The opponent, along with a banged-up quarterback, might lead Houston to rely on its running attack Week 7. Thomas has been targeted just eight times (four catches) through six games.

Vyncint Smith
News
Smith did not suit up for Houston's Week 5 win over Dallas.

Smith was on standby all week as both Will Fuller and Keke Coutee were limited by hamstring injuries. When those two injured wideouts were deemed healthy enough to play, Smith was part of the Texans' inactive list.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 7 at Jacksonville
Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin won't play Sunday against the Jaguars due to an illness.

With Griffin out this week, Jordan Akins and Jordan Thomas will lead the way at tight end for the Texans on Sunday. Neither of the two rookies projects to have a significant role in the Houston passing attack.

Injury
Illness - Inactive for Week 7 at Jacksonville
Seantrel Henderson
News
As expected, Henderson (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Henderson is expected to undergo season ending ankle surgery in the near future after going down in Sunday's season opening loss to the Patriots. Kendall Lamm is the most likely candidate to replace him as the team's starting right tackle going forward.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Ka'imi Fairbairn
News
Fairbairn converted two field-goal attempts and two extra-points for eight points in Sunday's 20-13 win over Buffalo.

Outside of Week 2 -- when Fairbairn was held to five points -- he's been one of the most prolific kickers in the league. Fairbairn leads the NFL in field-goal attempts (18, 3.0 per game) and has parlayed that into 57 points (9.5 PPG), third among placekickers. The Texans were 1-for-4 in the red zone Sunday, continuing a recurring problem for the team (34.6 TD percentage) that's nevertheless advantageous for a kicker's fantasy prospects.

Ben Heeney
News
Heeney (ankle) reached an injury settlement with the Texans on Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Heeney underwent surgery after injuring his ankle against the Rams during the preseason. He will now be free to find a new landing spot once his ankle heals.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 8 vs. Miami
Isaac Whitney
News
The Texans signed Whitney to their practice squad Tuesday.

To make room for Whitney on the practice squad, the Texans released receiver Malachi Dupre. Whitney signed as an undrafted free agent by the Raiders in 2017 and was active for two games.

Josh Ferguson
News
Ferguson was added to the Texans' practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The former Illinois standout was waived by the Colts on Sept. 18 after he spent parts of three seasons with the team. In 2017 Ferguson appeared in 10 games for the Colts, rushing for five yards on one carry and adding three catches for 16 yards.

Aaron Colvin
News
Colvin (ankle) could be sidelined for at least six weeks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Colvin suffered the injury during Houston's Week 4 win against the Colts, and was previously ruled out indefinitely Sunday. Head coach Bill O'Brien left the door open for Colvin's possible return later this season Monday, but this news sheds a little more light on his timetable. Expect Shareece Wright to take the bulk of snaps at cornerback with Colvin out.

Injury
Ankle - Inactive for Week 7 at Jacksonville
Jermaine Kelly
Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Bruce Ellington
News
The Texans placed Ellington (hamstring) on injured reserve Tuesday, Deepi Sidhu of the team's official site reports.

Ellington will spend time on IR for the third straight season after a shoulder injury derailed his inaugural campaign in Houston and a hamstring issue sidelined him for all of 2016 when he was with the 49ers. He sustained his latest hamstring setback on the first drive of Sunday's 27-22 against the Giants, when he limped off the field after making a 10-yard reception. The severity of Ellington's setback isn't fully known, but he'll be forced to miss at least eight weeks and could be shut down for the rest of the season if the Texans don't choose to designate him as one of two players eligible to return.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Jadeveon Clowney
News
Clowney recorded three tackles (two solo) and 0.5 sacks across 54 defensive snaps in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.

Clowney now has 2.5 sacks over the past two weeks after not reaching the quarterback through the first three games of the season. He'll look to keep the streak alive Sunday against the Bills, which have allowed a league-high 22 sacks on the year.

Will Fuller
News
Fuller brought in six of eight targets for 68 yards in the Texans' 20-7 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Fuller ended up pacing the team in both receptions and receiving on the afternoon, accounting for more than half of Deshaun Watson's passing yardage in the process. It was a nice bounce-back effort for the third-year receiver, one that was likely aided by fellow wideout Keke Coutee's early exit from the contest due to a hamstring injury. Fuller had ceded some production to Coutee in recent games, but if the latter's issue prevents him from suiting up in four days for a Week 8 battle against the Dolphins, Fuller could be in prime position to benefit.

Brandon Weeden
News
Weeden completed nine of 11 passes for 97 yards and two touchdown passes in Houston's win over Kansas City in Thursday's preseason opener.

Weeden was sharp for the two drives he had, both of which ended in touchdowns to rookie tight end Jordan Akins. He spread the ball around, targeting six different receivers on his first drive. Weeden has cemented his role as Deshaun Watson's backup.

D.J. Reader
News
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.

Jester Weah
News
Weah (undisclosed) was placed on the Texans' practice squad injured list Monday, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

The injury is undisclosed, but it means Weah's season will come to an end. Weah spent the entire offseason with the Texans after going undrafted and will set his sights on competing for an active roster spot in 2019.

Kevin Johnson
News
Johnson (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans plan to designate Johnson for return, meaning he can return to game action in eight weeks. After dealing with a concussion during the preseason, Johnson suffered a second concussion during Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Sammie Coates
News
Coates (hamstring) was a limited participant in Friday's practice but does not have an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Cowboys.

It looks like Coates' limited participation in practice this week was all precautionary, as the wide receiver will not be on the Texans' injury report heading into the weekend. Expect Coates to suit up and be a full go against Dallas on Sunday.

Kayvon Webster
News
Webster (quadriceps) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Webster suffered the quad injury in Sunday night's win over the Cowboys, and after originally being considered week-to-week, the cornerback's season is now likely over. The Texans' promoted Michael Tyson off their practice squad Tuesday to shore up their depth at the position.

Injury
Quadriceps - Injured Reserve
Jerell Adams
News
Adams inked a practice squad deal with the Texans on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

A sixth-round pick in 2016, Adams contributed a bit with the Giants over the past couple seasons as a backup tight end. There's a chance he could be promoted to the active roster down the road, but for now, he will await an opportunity on the practice squad.

Jordan Akins
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Akins is expected to receive more playing time with Ryan Griffin (illness) declared out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Houston's tight ends are barely perceptible in the offense, so Griffin's absence is not expected to mean much for Akins or Jordan Thomas in terms of fantasy production. Factoring in the opponent, Jacksonville, which is tied with the Baltimore as the league's top-ranked passing defense, and we could see the Texans rely heavily on the running game.

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Davenport was flagged for four penalties in Week 3's loss to the Giants.

Davenport, who was the culprit of two false starts in last week's loss to the Titans, committed three false start infractions and a costly holding penalty that nullified a DeAndre Hopkins touchdown. He was flagged for a fifth time, but it did not count due to an offsetting penalty. Houston's offensive line has been a big story early on, as quarterback Deshaun Watson has been sacked 10 times and hit 32 times through three games.

Tyler Ervin
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Ervin ranks fifth in the NFL with 28.1 yards per kickoff return and 10th in the league with 10 yards per punt return through the Texans' first three games of the season.

Ervin is making an impact on special teams after missing 12 games in 2017 with a torn patellar tendon, but the third-year running back hasn't seen an offensive snap the last two weeks. The Texans may want to consider integrating him more on offensive after the running game was shut down by the Giants on Sunday. His ideal role is that of a change-of-pace back who can create matchup problems in space.

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Whitney Mercilus
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Defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said Mercilus has received fewer opportunities because he's part of a playing rotation, which has contributed to his slow start to the season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Mercilus, who didn't record a tackle in 50 snaps (80.6%) last week, has just nine tackles overall -- including one for a loss -- with three quarterback hits and no sacks. "Whitney understands what I'm trying to get done, and why he's not in there quite as much and he goes in there and he performs when he's in there," said Crennel. "There's some value in that as well. I know everybody says, he should have 12 sacks and all that good stuff, but if he does his job and helps the team win, then we'll all be satisfied." It sounds like Crennel is providing cover for the six-year veteran, who had 37.5 sacks over his first five seasons, as Mercilus has played more than 80 percent of the defensive snaps. The production dropoff may be the result of health; Merciuls may not be fully over last year's pectoral injury and a hamstring injury that kept him out all preseason.

J.J. Watt
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Watt had four tackles, two sacks, four tackles for loss, one quarterback hit and forced two fumbles, one that led to a touchdown, in Houston's Week 4 win over Indianapolis on Sunday.

It took Watt a couple of weeks before rounding into form, but he now has five sacks and three forced fumbles over the last two weeks.

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

With the Texans having suffered a number of injuries to the secondary this season, Tyson will be brought in to bolster the team's depth at cornerback.

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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.