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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88Akins, Jordan TE6-42504/19/1992RUCF
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 RB6-22254/27/19915LSU
 Bray, Quan WR5-101834/28/19934Auburn
39Campbell, Ibraheim DB5-112105/13/19924Northwestern
37Chachere, Andre DB6-02002/10/1996RSan Jose State
90Clowney, Jadeveon DE6-52702/14/19935South Carolina
18Coates, Sammie WR6-12103/31/19934Auburn
51Cole, Dylan LB6-02205/19/19942Missouri State
40Coleman, Lavon RB5-1123512/10/1994RWashington
22Colvin, Aaron DB6-019510/2/19915Oklahoma
16Coutee, Keke WR5-111801/14/1997RTexas Tech
95Covington, Christian DE6-230510/16/19934Rice
78Coyle, Anthony G6-53009/19/1996RFordham
41Cunningham, Zach LB6-323512/12/19942Vanderbilt
8Daniel, Trevor P6-122512/8/1994RTennessee
70Davenport, Julie'n T6-73201/9/19952Bucknell
31Decoud, Treston DB6-22058/1/19932Oregon State
23Drummond, Kurtis DB6-12001/29/19924Michigan State
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23109/5/19923Louisville
53Ejiofor, Duke LB6-42754/24/1995RWake Forest
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 RB6-12354/24/19962Texas
61Fuller, Kyle G6-53103/4/19942Baylor
15Fuller, Will WR6-01804/16/19943Notre Dame
73Fulton, Zach G6-53159/23/19915Tennessee
79Gentry, Mason G6-63002/24/1994RSMU
47Gilchrist, Kennan LB6-22259/16/19941Appalachian State
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62551/11/19906Connecticut
29Hal, Andre DB5-101955/30/19925Vanderbilt
67Hardison, Marcus DT6-33152/14/19923Arizona State
93Heath, Joel DE6-63006/18/19933Michigan State
50Heeney, Ben LB6-02305/13/19924Kansas
76Henderson, Seantrel T6-73301/21/19925Miami (FL)
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12156/6/19926Clemson
25Jackson, Kareem DB5-101854/10/19889Alabama
63Johnson, Roderick T6-630011/28/19952Florida State
30Johnson, Kevin CB6-01858/5/19924Wake Forest
72Jones-Smith, Jaryd T6-73209/3/1995RPittsburgh
24Joseph, Johnathan DB5-111854/16/198413South Carolina
58Kalambayi, Peter LB6-22506/26/1995RStanford
94Kamalu, Ufomba LB6-629511/2/19923Miami (FL)
64Kelemete, Senio G6-33005/10/19906Washington
35Kelly, Jermaine DB6-11952/26/1995RSan Jose State
49Keyes, Josh LB6-22251/23/19934Boston 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 C6-43104/23/19924Toledo
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 (FL)
43Moore, Corey DB6-22001/28/19933Georgia
6Morris, Stephen QB6-22208/27/19921Miami (FL)
60Opara, Kingsley DT6-330010/13/1994RMaryland
52Peters, Brian LB6-424010/31/19884Northwestern (Ia)
33Pope, Troymaine RB5-920511/29/19932Jacksonville State
45Prosch, Jay RB6-12558/21/19925Auburn
85Pruitt, MyCole TE6-22453/24/19922Southern Illinois
77Quessenberry, David G6-53058/24/19902San Jose State
75Rankin, Martinas T6-531510/20/1994RMississippi State
98Reader, D.J. NT6-33357/1/19943Clemson
38Reid, Justin DB6-12052/15/1997RStanford
81Robinson, Jevoni TE6-822511/16/19921Barry University
57Scarlett, Brennan LB6-42607/31/19933Stanford
62Slade, Chad G6-53155/4/19922Auburn
17Smith, Vyncint WR6-31956/9/1996RLimestone College
42Swanson, Terry RB5-102058/6/1996RToledo
83Thomas, Jordan TE6-52808/2/1996RMississippi State
14Thompson, Chris WR6-01755/9/19942Florida
36Thornton, Josh CB5-1118511/24/19921Southern Utah
68Thurman, Nick DE6-42956/12/1995RHouston
34Virgin, Dee DB5-1020510/29/19931West Alabama
91Watkins, Carlos DE6-331012/5/19932Clemson
4Watson, Deshaun QB6-22209/14/19952Clemson
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52953/22/19898Wisconsin
86Weah, Jester WR6-32102/7/1995RPittsburgh
5Webb, Joe QB6-423011/14/19869UAB
3Weeden, Brandon QB6-323010/14/19837Oklahoma State
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19869Baylor
Injured Players
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
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
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
Hal (illness) was placed on the Texans' Non-Football Illness list Wednesday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

The designation comes as no surprise after Hal was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in June. The Texans will prioritize Hal's long-term health rather than rushing him back to the field, leaving his timetable for a return up in the air. Hal tallied 71 tackles and three interceptions in 16 games a season ago, but was likely to see his role decline during the upcoming campaign after the Texans brought in Tyrann Mathieu and shifted Kareem Jackson to safety.

Illness - Out for Week 1 at New England
Josh Keyes
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
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.

Kingsley Opara
No Updates
DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins (personal) returned to practice Thursday, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Hopkins has been away from the team for two days to attend to a personal matter, but as expected, is back in camp Thursday. It was an excused absence, and not a matter that is expected to affect his 2018 outlook.

LaTroy Lewis
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.

Shoulder - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
Jay Prosch
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
Miller (illness) made his return to practice Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Miller was sidelined during practice throughout the weekend due to a minor illness accompanied by soreness following a three-catch effort in Thursday's preseason opener against the Chiefs. His return to full health will be key moving forward as he competes for the starting role at slot receiver.

Brandon Dunn
Dunn has been waived by the Texans.

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

D'Onta Foreman
Foreman (Achilles) remains uncertain to be ready for the start of the regular season, but the running back continues to trend in the right direction, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Foreman, who currently resides on the Physically Unable to Perform list, doesn't seem to be anywhere near a full return to the field, but the fact he's remained setback-free in his recovery from a severe injury is nonetheless significant in its own right. With that said, Foreman likely faces an uphill battle to avoid being placed on the regular-season PUP list, which would prevent the running back from playing in the first six games of the season.

Achilles - Physically Unable to Perform
Troymaine Pope
Pope gained 18 yards on six carries and caught three of four targets for 47 yards in Houston's win of Kansas City in preseason Week 1.

Pope got into the game during the first half, but most of his action came in the second half. With D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) in a state of uncertainty, there's likely a roster spot available. Pope showed the traits that suggest his main competition in camp is Tyler Ervin, who had a couple of rushes for 12 yards and was not targeted.

Kendall Lamm
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.

Concussion - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
Johnathan Joseph
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
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
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
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
Shoulder - Labrum - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
No Updates
Justin Reid
No Updates
Joel Heath
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.

Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
Corey Moore
Moore (knee) is participating at Texans' practice this week.

Moore landed on injured reserve in December with a Grade 2 MCL sprain and had yet to recover from the injury in late June. However, he appears fully healthy with training camp now underway. The 25-year-old should be competing for a role as a depth safety and special teams contributor, given the Texans' addition of Tyrann Mathieu in the offseason.

Dylan Cole
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
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
The Texans want Mathieu to focus on playing safety, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "We told [Mathieu] that we really do value versatility, but we also understand that a guy needs to have basically one home," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said. "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, and also received 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 will likely open training camp as the starter at strong safety, a favorable spot for piling up tackles.

Kareem Jackson
Jackson has improved his technique at safety as he gets more reps at the position, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Texans secondary coach Anthony Midget described Jackson as "instinctive" and "physical," qualities that will aid in his transition from defensive back to safety. "He's a guy that has played the position for us in the past when we needed to, so now he's concentrating on it and the more practice reps he gets at it, he'll just continue to get better," said the coach. Jackson recorded 73 tackles, one sack and one forced fumble in 16 games (14 starts) last season. He's entering the final year of a four-year contract and could be in line for a new contract if the position move works out.

Quan Bray
Bray signed a contract with the Texans on Sunday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bray was waived by the Bills a week ago in order to open a roster spot for the newly acquired Corey Coleman. He'll spend training camp with the Texans but is a long shot to make the team's final roster given that they boast plenty of quality depth at wide receiver, but Houston's been on a perpetual mission to find a return specialist, an area that Bray fulfilled while with the Colts the previous three seasons. The Texans had Tyler Ervin and Braxton Miller returning kicks in the preseason opener.

Angelo Blackson
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
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
Keke Coutee
Coutee has a strained hamstring and will be out for a few weeks, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

While the injury doesn't sound too serious, it could still be a significant setback for Coutee, who is expected to compete for the No. 3 receiver job with Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller. The rookie fourth-round pick now figures to miss a sizable portion of training camp and at least one or two preseason games.

Hamstring - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
Alfred Blue
Blue had eight carries for 14 yards and dropped his lone target in Thursday's preseason win over the Chiefs.

Blue was the second running back used after starter Lamar Miller and was easily held in check by Kansas City's defense. That's been the knock on him throughout his career -- he doesn't make tacklers miss. If D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) was healthy, Blue's chances of making the roster would be minimal. As it stands now, Foreman is not guaranteed for Week 1, and Blue has more size than his main competitors, Tyler Ervin and Troymaine Pope.

Terry Swanson
No Updates
Jaryd Jones-Smith
No Updates
Greg Mancz
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
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
Foot - Physically Unable to Perform
No Updates
Christian Covington
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
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, his fifth as a pro. With Brandon Weeden and Joe Webb the only quarterbacks on the Texans' roster behind Deshaun Watson, Morris has a shot to compete for a backup job this offseason.

Jon Weeks
No Updates
Roderick Johnson
The Texans claimed Johnson (knee) off waivers Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Johnson was let go by the Browns on Tuesday when the team signed offensive lineman Greg Robinson. The 22-year-old Johnson, who is now entering his second season, missed the entire 2017 campaign due to a knee injury. He'll have to prove the injury is behind him if he hopes to secure a spot on the Texans' 53-man roster during training camp.

Knee - MCL - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
Treston Decoud
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 starting safeties as the Texans prepare for organized team activities later this month.

Nick Martin
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.

Ankle - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
MyCole Pruitt
Pruitt (calf) was practicing at Texans' training camp Wednesday.

Pruitt missed the final few games of 2018 after landing on injured reserve in December with the calf injury. The 26-year-old was active for only one game with the Texans last season and will have an uphill battle to earn a spot on the team's 53-man roster.

Lamar Miller
Miller had four carries for 29 yards in Houston's preseason opener against Kansas City on Thursday.

Miller played just one series and showed off his lighter, sleeker body, particularly on a 19-yard run up the left sideline. That type of explosion was something many thought Miller lacked last season, but he showed it off on the game's opening series. He was followed in the game by Alfred Blue, then Troymaine Pope and Tyler Ervin.

Deshaun Watson
Watson (knee) took part in practice Tuesday with "no brace, moving easy, and throwing with accuracy," Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com notes.

Watson tore his right ACL in Week 8 of the 2017 season, but his subsequent rehab and recovery has gone smooth and the fact that he's already seen preseason action and is able to work without a brace at this stage is highly encouraging. In the absence of any setbacks, Watson -- whose star was on the rise before his injury -- is on track to be good to go to start the coming season, at which point he'll look to pick up where left off last year.

Joe Webb
Webb led the Texans in rushing and passing during Thursday night's win over the Chiefs in preseason Week 1. He completed 6-of-13 for 56 yards and rushed four times for 42 yards.

Not surprisingly, Webb was off target on more than half of his throws, but his versatility was on full display. For a quarter-and-a-half, Webb played on various special teams units before being inserted at quarterback midway through the second quarter. He moved the chains a couple of times with his legs and apparently will do anything to make the team. At present, he's third on the depth chart behind Deshaun Watson and Brandon Weeden.

Zach Cunningham
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
Jordan Thomas
Thomas showcased his size advantage over defensive backs during Wednesday's practice, but the Texans regard the tight end as a development prospect, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The phrase "development prospect" suggests a limited role on offense for the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Thomas, who is the biggest tight end on the roster. At that size, he should be snatching passes over smaller cornerbacks. The real question is whether the former wide receiver can learn to be an in-line blocker. "He's really, the first few days here, he's actually done a decent job blocking relative to being a young player - better than I thought he would do. I think if he can keep improving in that area, he's good in the passing game, I really like what we've got there," said head coach Bill O'Brien.

Vyncint Smith
No Updates
Ryan Griffin
Griffin is the top tight end on the depth chart as the Texans enter training camp, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Head coach Bill O'Brien lauded the talent at the position while noting the two tight ends drafted -- Jordan Akins (third round) and Jordan Thomas (sixth round) -- will need to learn how to play the position at the pro level. "That position, next to quarterback, is probably the hardest position to learn in our offense as far as being involved in the running game, the passing game, both from a protection standpoint, a route-running standpoint. But we feel good about the young guys we have there. We've got, obviously, Ryan Griffin, a veteran player back for us," said O'Brien. That suggests Griffin should be the starter once the regular season kicks off, but his strength lies more in the passing game than as a blocker.

Seantrel Henderson
Henderson didn't practice Tuesday because of a minor undisclosed injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Head coach Bill O'Brien downplayed Henderson's injury, noting the starting right tackle will be fine. The Texans were hit hard by injuries on the offensive line last season and are hoping to keep the unit relatively intact in 2018.

Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at Baltimore
Jevoni Robinson
The Texans activated Robinson (undisclosed) off the Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Robinson was cleared to return after passing his physical. As it stands now, he's seventh on the depth chart at tight end and faces long odds to make the team. As a former college and professional basketball player with minimal football experience, the 6-foot-7 Robinson is considered a project.

Ka'imi Fairbairn
Fairbairn could miss the Texans' upcoming preseason contest with an undisclosed injury but should be fine moving forward, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

By all accounts, it doesn't look like Fairbairn will miss much time, if any. The Texans kicker is dealing with an undisclosed injury that is not expected to linger for much longer. Barring any unforeseen setbacks, Fairbairn is on course to be the team's starting kicker for the regular season opener.

Ben Heeney
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.

Knee - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
Aaron Colvin
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
Kelly (undisclosed) was activated from the Texans' Physically Unable to Perform list Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kelly was placed on the PUP just under a week ago due to an undisclosed injury, but it looks like whatever was bothering him wasn't too serious. Kelly is expected to compete for a depth role in the team's secondary during training camp.

Bruce Ellington
Ellington brought in three of four targets for 22 yards in the Texans' 17-10 preseason win over the Chiefs on Thursday.

Ellington is locked into a battle for the slot receiver role with Braxton Miller and Keke Coutee (hamstring), and he and Miller essentially battled to a draw Thursday. Both receivers notched three catches, with Ellington drawing the start and coming up on the receiving end of DeShaun Watson's only completion. Ellington totaled a career-high 29 receptions for 330 yards over 11 games in 2017 before a hamstring injury curtailed his season, so he'll look to remain healthy enough in the coming campaign so as to benefit from the defensive attention that figures to engulf starting wideouts DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. Ellington will continue his bid for the third receiver job against the 49ers in the Texans' second exhibition game a week from Saturday.

Jadeveon Clowney
Head coach Bill O'Brien indicated Tuesday that Clowney is, "getting better and better, being closer and closer to being able to do more and more," Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports. He also noted that Clowney could see some playing time in the team's third preseason contest.

O'Brien's comments also qualify Clowney's return by stating his game action in the preseason depends a lot on how he practices next week. When healthy, the fifth-year player has proven to be a capable pass-rusher, racking up a career-high 9.5 sacks last season. He should reprise the outside linebacker role for the Texans this season opposite Whitney Mercilus.

Dee Virgin
No Updates
Will Fuller
Fuller reported to training camp 15-to-20 pounds heavier from last season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

A former track standout, Fuller was often out-muscled by bigger, stronger cornerbacks during his first two NFL seasons. As such, he's increased to 185 pounds and is noticeably bigger in his upper body. He hopes the added bulk will help him stay healthy, in addition to making him more competitive against press coverage. Fuller and quarterback Deshaun Watson were quite a pair last season, connecting for seven touchdowns during the four-week span in which they were on the field together. That small sample has us salivating at what the two might accomplish if both are healthy in 2018.

Brandon Weeden
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.

Darius Kilgo
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.

D.J. Reader
Reader is turning heads at training camp, Houston Sports Radio 610 reports.

Reader seems to be fully past the sprained knee that prevented him from playing in the final two games of last season. Entering his third year in the league, Reader is locked into the starting nose tackle role and poised to improve upon the impressive start to his career in 2018. In 30 games over the past two seasons, the Clemson product has started 21 games and racked up 69 tackles and two sacks.

Jester Weah
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Stephen Anderson
Anderson will be challenged to be the top backup to Ryan Griffin at tight end, John 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 for him, and if Anderson can't protect Deshaun Watson, his spot as the backup is susceptible to a challenge by either rookie.

Kevin Johnson
Johnson enters training camp for the first time in three seasons without having undergone offseason surgery, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Johnson was healthy coming out of the college when he participated in his first training camp, but has since dealt with a slew of injuries and surgeries, some of which impacted his preparation for training camp. "He's had a good offseason and he's come back in great shape," Texans coach Bill O'Brien said. "You know, it takes a while. You come in as a rookie and experience some injuries, it takes a while to develop your game at this level. He's come in and had a really good offseason, so it's good to see." The good offseason health has allowed Johnson to bulk up in his upper body, which should make him more of a challenge for opposing wideouts and quarterbacks, who sometimes picked on him in single-coverage situations. The Wake Forest product will continue to serve as the third cornerback despite the addition of free-agent cornerback Aaron Colvin to a well-established corps of defensive backs. The Texans moved incumbent starter Kareem Jackson to safety, so Johnson, Colvin and Jonathan Joseph will make up the top three corners.

Ibraheim Campbell
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
Head coach Bill O'Brien likes all of Coates' physical attributes and feels the wide receiver can help on special teams, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Good work ethic, good speed, good size," O'Brien said. "(Can) help us, hopefully, on special teams and then does some decent stuff on offense."

This isn't the first time during the offseason we've heard Coates' name in the same sentence with special teams. The former Steeler and Brown has averaged 13 snaps per game on special teams over the last two seasons, only a handful of which came as a return man, so one can easily visualize his role with the Texans if he makes the team.

Marcus Hardison
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
Akins brought in both of his targets for 20 yards and two touchdowns in the Texans' 17-10 preseason win over the Chiefs on Thursday.

The 2018 third-round pick made quite the splash in his NFL debut, connecting with backup quarterback Brandon Weeden for both of Houston's touchdowns. Akins is the rare 26-year-old rookie, having played minor-league baseball for several years. Despite the advanced age for a first-year player, he has an opportunity for a solid amount of playing time in the coming season if he can continue generating the caliber of performance he provided Thursday -- the team doesn't have any locks at the position behind starter Ryan Griffin. Akins will look to prove his opening act was no fluke when the Texans face off with the 49ers a week from Saturday in their second exhibition game.

Julie'n Davenport
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
Ervin is competing for a special-teams role as the main returner on kickoffs and punts, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Ervin was the main returner last season before he went down in Week 4 with a torn patellar tendon. He'd also carved out a small role on offense as a receiving back with eight receptions for 38 yards. With the uncertainty surrounding D'Onta Foreman, who continues to rehab a ruptured Achilles, Ervin can put himself higher on the running back depth chart with a good camp. "I give him a lot of credit and I've seen a lot of good plays out of him on special teams and on offense for us," said head coach Bill O'Brien. "I think, again, that running back battle is a really, really interesting competition and we'll see how that goes in the games." Lamar Miller is set as the starting back, but Foreman's availability for the start of the regular season is uncertain. That means Ervin or Alfred Blue could emerge as the primary backup. At 5-foot-9, 185 pounds, Ervin is the smallest of the running backs on the roster, so he may not be the first choice as a lead back should Miller suffer an injury and Foreman's rehab linger.

Nick Thurman
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Josh Thornton
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Chris Thompson
Thompson has been sidelined the last week due to a concussion, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Thompson, an undrafted free agent a year ago out of the University of Florida, appeared in 13 for the Texans in 2017, seeing time mostly on special teams as a gunner and returner. The news of his concussion brings more clarity to Houston's decision to sign wide receiver / kick returner Quan Bray on Sunday. He's making a sound recovery from the concussion and is nearly done with the symptoms.

Concussion - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
Davin Bellamy
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Trevor Daniel
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Mason Gentry
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Shane Lechler
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
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
Mercilus has not practiced in over a week while dealing with a soft-tissue injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The injury was earlier described as undisclosed, so "soft-tissue" represents a bit more detail, though not much. Head coach Bill O'Brien said Mercilus is being managed and "doing fine." There is no word on his availability for Saturday's preseason tilt against the 49ers, though it's safe to assume Houston will exercise precaution with one of its defensive stars.

Undisclosed - Questionable for Week 1 at New England
J.J. Watt
Watt made several impact plays during Wednesday's joint practice session with the 49ers, John Harris of the Texans' official site reports.

Watt made plays from both the right and left sides of the line, forcing San Francisco quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo into hurried and errant throws, or to adjust his delivery, or to throw an interception. The defensive end said earlier in the week that he will be ready to go Week 1 against the Patriots, and he backed up those words with his actions Wednesday.

Ufomba Kamalu
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
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.