|Offense||16th||113.7 (15th)||258.4 (16th)|
|Defense||9th||92.1 (8th)||237.7 (13th)|
|50||Adams, Tyrell||LB||6-2||230||4/11/1992||3||West Georgia|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||LB||6-5||270||2/14/1993||5||South Carolina|
|16||Coutee, Keke||WR||5-11||180||1/14/1997||R||Texas Tech|
|53||Ejiofor, Duke||LB||6-4||275||4/24/1995||R||Wake Forest|
|21||Ervin, Tyler||RB||5-10||185||10/7/1993||3||San Jose State|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||180||4/16/1994||3||Notre Dame|
|93||Heath, Joel||DE||6-6||300||6/18/1993||3||Michigan State|
|38||Howell, Buddy||RB||6-1||225||3/27/1996||R||Florida Atlantic|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||185||4/16/1984||13||South Carolina|
|74||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||310||6/5/1992||4||Appalachian State|
|66||Martin, Nick||C||6-4||300||4/29/1993||3||Notre Dame|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||LB||6-4||260||11/19/1992||4||Mississippi State|
|26||Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||220||4/25/1991||7||Miami (FL)|
|33||Moore, A.J.||DB||5-11||202||12/15/1995||R||Ole Miss|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||240||10/31/1988||4||Northwestern (Ia)|
|75||Rankin, Martinas||T||6-5||315||10/20/1994||R||Mississippi State|
|17||Smith, Vyncint||WR||6-3||195||6/9/1996||R||Limestone College|
|83||Thomas, Jordan||TE||6-5||280||8/2/1996||R||Mississippi State|
|3||Weeden, Brandon||QB||6-3||230||10/14/1983||7||Oklahoma State|
|51||Cole, Dylan (IR)||LB||6-0||220||5/19/1994||2||Missouri State|
|12||Ellington, Bruce (IR)||WR||5-9||200||8/22/1991||5||South Carolina|
|50||Heeney, Ben (IR)||LB||6-0||230||5/13/1992||4||Kansas|
|76||Henderson, Seantrel (IR)||T||6-7||330||1/21/1992||5||Miami (FL)|
|30||Johnson, Kevin (IR)||CB||6-0||185||8/5/1992||4||Wake Forest|
|35||Kelly, Jermaine (IR)||DB||6-1||195||2/26/1995||R||San Jose State|
|Leonard, Richard (IR)||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
|36||Webster, Kayvon (IR)||DB||5-11||190||2/1/1991||6||South Florida|
|Adams, Jerell||TE||6-5||254||12/31/1992||3||South Carolina|
|37||Chachere, Andre||DB||6-0||200||2/10/1996||R||San Jose State|
|Johnson, Roderick||T||6-6||306||11/28/1995||2||Florida State|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Martin missed Monday's loss to the Ravens but should resume his reserve role this week against the Titans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Martin rehabbed from offseason ankle surgery and will start at center in 2018.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.