Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense12th127.9 (6th)221.3 (17th)
Defense23rd96.9 (7th)253.8 (27th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
79Allen, Jeff G6-43051/8/19906Illinois
89Anderson, Stephen TE6-32301/30/19932California
97Blackson, Angelo DT6-431811/14/19923Auburn
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22254/27/19914LSU
74Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/19859Southern Mississippi
96Clements, Chunky DT6-229512/3/1994RIllinois
90Clowney, Jadeveon OLB6-52702/14/19934South Carolina
51Cole, Dylan ILB6-02405/19/1994RMissouri State
41Cunningham, Zach ILB6-323012/12/1994RVanderbilt
70Davenport, Julie'n T6-73151/9/1995RBucknell
31Decoud, Treston CB6-22108/1/1993ROregon State
23Drummond, Kurtis FS6-12101/29/19923Michigan State
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23009/5/19922Louisville
12Ellington, Bruce WR5-92008/22/19914South Carolina
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-01901/29/19942UCLA
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. TE6-526510/22/19914Iowa
27Foreman, D'Onta RB6-02354/24/1996RTexas
61Fuller, Kyle G6-43153/4/1994RBaylor
15Fuller, Will WR6-01854/16/19942Notre Dame
68Giacomini, Breno T6-73209/27/198510Louisville
21Gilchrist, Marcus SS5-1019812/8/19887Clemson
29Hal, Andre FS5-101905/30/19924Vanderbilt
93Heath, Joel DE6-62956/18/19932Michigan State
50Heeney, Ben LB6-02305/13/19923Kansas
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12106/6/19925Clemson
58Houston, Lamarr LB6-32746/24/19878Texas
25Jackson, Kareem CB5-101904/10/19888Alabama
44Jenkins, Jelani LB6-02403/13/19925Florida
8Johnson, Josh QB6-32195/15/19867San Diego
30Johnson, Kevin CB6-01908/5/19923Wake Forest
24Joseph, Johnathan CB5-111904/16/198412South Carolina
94Kamalu, Ufomba LB6-630011/2/19922Miami (Fla.)
63Lamm, Kendall T6-63056/5/19923Appalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22408/7/197618Texas A&M
65Mancz, Greg G6-43004/23/19923Toledo
66Martin, Nick C6-43004/29/19932Notre Dame
55McKinney, Benardrick ILB6-425011/19/19923Mississippi State
13Miller, Braxton WR6-221511/30/19922Ohio State
26Miller, Lamar RB5-102254/25/19916Miami (Fla.)
43Moore, Corey SS6-22051/28/19932Georgia
72Newton, Derek T6-631511/16/19877Arkansas State
52Peters, Brian LB6-423510/31/19883Northwestern (Ia)
35Pleasant, Eddie DB5-1021012/17/19885Oregon
45Prosch, Jay FB6-12558/21/19924Auburn
98Reader, D.J. NT6-33257/1/19942Clemson
3Savage, Tom QB6-42304/26/19904Pittsburgh
57Scarlett, Brennan OLB6-42657/31/19932Stanford
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43101/1/19914UCLA
14Thompson, Chris WR6-01705/9/1994RFlorida
6Todman, Jordan RB5-102002/24/19905Connecticut
91Watkins, Carlos DT6-330512/5/1993RClemson
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19868Baylor
40Williams, Marcus CB5-111963/24/19914North Dakota State
2Yates, T.J. QB6-42175/28/19876North Carolina
Injured Players
95Covington, Christian (IR) DE6-229010/16/19933Rice
34Ervin, Tyler (IR) RB5-1018010/7/19932San Jose State
69Godin, Matt (IR) DE6-62959/30/1993RMichigan
16Gray, Deante' (IR) WR5-101742/27/1994RTCU
84Griffin, Ryan (IR) TE6-62551/11/19905Connecticut
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
59Mercilus, Whitney (IR) OLB6-42607/21/19906Illinois
4Watson, Deshaun (IR) QB6-22159/14/1995RClemson
99Watt, J.J. (IR) DE6-52903/22/19897Wisconsin
Practice Squad
 Gilchrist, Kennan LB6-12309/16/1994RAppalachian State
 Hamilton, Cobi WR6-220111/13/19902Arkansas
 Johnson, Dorian G6-530510/21/1994RPittsburgh
37Jones, Bryce DB6-01808/20/1994RAkron
 Lewis, LaTroy LB6-429511/9/1993RTennessee
53President, Gimel LB6-42756/4/1993RIllinois
 Pruitt, MyCole TE6-22433/24/19922Southern Illinois
77Quessenberry, David G6-53108/24/19903San Jose State
62Slade, Chad G6-53155/4/19922Auburn
 Virgin, Dee DB5-919410/29/1993RWest Alabama
Suspended Players
56Cushing, Brian ILB6-32501/24/19879Southern California
 
 
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Position Listing
Benardrick McKinney
News
McKinney (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.

McKinney did not practice Wednesday and Thursday before finishing the week as a limited participant. The Texans' leading tackler is expected to play at this point despite the questionable designation.

Tom Savage
News
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Monday that Savage will start Week 11 against the Cardinals.

Savage was predictably ineffective in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams, but there isn't any reason to think T.J. Yates would be significantly better. The Texans will eventually give Yates or Josh Johnson a look if Savage doesn't display something in the range of competence within the next week or two. If nothing else, this is at least good news for DeAndre Hopkins, who was targeted on 30 of Savage's 80 pass attempts the past three games. Savage also forced the ball to Hopkins when he got playing time in 2014 and 2016.

Andre Hal
News
Hal hauled in his first two interceptions of the season in Sunday's 57-14 win over the Titans to go along with four tackles (one solo).

Hal picked off Marcus Mariota on the first drive of the game and then once again shortly before halftime. He made the most of just 31 snaps (76.0 percent), as the the blowout win did not require a heavy workload. Hal will look to carry his momentum into Sunday night's Week 5 clash with the Chiefs.

Kennan Gilchrist
No Updates
Chad Slade
No Updates
Bryce Jones
No Updates
Jeff Allen
News
Allen (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

Allen injured his knee Sunday against the Seahawks but appears to be fine after practicing in full the past two days. Expect the lineman to suit up for Sunday's divisional showdown with the Colts.

T.J. Yates
News
Yates took some reps with the first-team offense Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Tom Savage is expected to start Sunday against the Rams, but by having Yates work with the ones, head coach Bill O'Brien is signalling that he won't put up too long with a struggling starter. Savage, who was pulled after one half in the season opener, did not fare well for the first three quarters in last week's loss to Indianapolis, a team with one of the worst defenses in the NFL.

DeAndre Hopkins
News
Hopkins caught seven of 14 targets for 111 yards in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Tom Savage completed half of his passes and committed four turnovers, but he at least can be relied upon to pepper Hopkins with targets. After turning 16 looks into six catches for 86 yards and a score the previous week, Hopkins put on a garbage time clinic in Los Angeles, drawing a target on five consecutive snaps -- though one was wiped out by a penalty -- on the Texans' final drive. He also got plenty of attention while the game was competitive, but his stat line was lacking until he ripped off gains of 36 and 11 on back-to-back plays on that final drive. Hopkins could suffer if the Texans decide to take a look at T.J. Yates or Josh Johnson, as there's no guarantee another quarterback would force-feed him as shamelessly as Savage does. Assuming he's still the starter, it'll be interesting to see how Savage responds to a Week 11 matchup with a Cardinals defense that presumably will use Patrick Peterson to shadow Hopkins.

LaTroy Lewis
No Updates
Lamarr Houston
News
Houston recovered a fumble and scored the Texans' first touchdown in Sunday's 20-14 loss to Indianapolis.

Houston, who was signed to the Texans roster after J.J. Watt (leg) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) were lost for the season, played 47 snaps Sunday, his most since joining the Texans. He should continue to get opportunities with Mercilus and Brian Cushing (suspension) both unavailable. Since joining his new team, the eight-year veteran has recorded four tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and Sunday's fumble-recovery TD.

Dorian Johnson
News
Johnson was waived by the Texans on Friday.

Johnson was signed by the Texans earlier this month but did not appear in a game. The rookie was let go in order to free up a roster spot, as the team added quarterback depth in the wake of Deshaun Watson's season-ending knee injury.

Jay Prosch
News
Prosch signed a three-year contract extension with the Texans on Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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

Gimel President
No Updates
Braxton Miller
News
Miller was activated for Week 10 and lined up at quarterback on some Wildcat-style plays during Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Miller was activated for just the third time in the last six games, but was not targeted. The Texans have often talked about using Miller in various roles, but outside of an occasional end-around, we haven't seen much of that versatility. The former Ohio State quarterback was utilized as a change of pace on a few plays, but the Rams were not fooled. As for Miller's primary job as a wideout, he could see a boost in opportunities, depending on how Will Fuller's rib injury shakes out this week.

C.J. Fiedorowicz
News
Fiedorowicz caught two of six targets for 10 yards in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Making his first appearances since the opening week of the season, Fiedorowicz finished third on the team in targets behind DeAndre Hopkins (14) and Bruce Ellington (eight). The current level of quarterback play will make it tough to count on anyone besides Hopkins, but it isn't unrealistic to think that Fiedorowicz could re-establish himself as the second or third option in the passing game, just as he was for much of last season. He draws a Week 11 matchup against an Arizona defense that had been solid against tight ends until Seattle's Jimmy Graham caught a pair of touchdowns Thursday.

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
Foreman had seven carries for 18 yards in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

This game got out of hand in the second half, so the running game became an afterthought when the Texans fell behind by multiple scores. That led to different backfield personnel as Alfred Blue (13 snaps) nearly matched that of Foreman (16). With Houston's offense struggling to score in the post-Deshaun Watson portion of the season, the ground attack should be emphasized, but it can't play from behind as it did Sunday.

Marcus Gilchrist
News
The Texans signed Gilchrist to a one-year contract Monday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

After losing Quintin Demps to the Bears in free agency, the Texans have been in the market for additional help at strong safety. The wait was long, but after Gilchrist was cleared by doctors last week from last year's season-ending knee injury, it was only a matter of time before he found a landing spot. Granted, signing Gilchrist, a long-time free safety, doesn't exactly shore up the hole with the Texans' 2016 starter at the position, Andre Hal, still in the fold. Having said that, Gilchrist should have an opportunity to surpass 55 tackles for the sixth consecutive campaign.

Kendall Lamm
News
Lamm was re-signed by the Texans on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Lamm was waived by the Texans on Saturday after the team decided to activate Duane Brown for Sunday's loss to the Seahawks. Brown now is staying in Seattle after Monday's trade, opening a spot for Lamm on the active roster once again.

Johnathan Joseph
News
Joseph (knee) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

The veteran cornerback returned to the field after being limited in Wednesday's session. Joseph will be going up Larry Fitzgerald and the Cardinals' passing attack this Sunday -- so his knee will definitely be something to keep an eye on throughout the contest.

Brennan Scarlett
News
Scarlett had four tackles, two sacks and three tackles for losses in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Scarlett's playing time has risen dramatically since the Texans lost Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) to a season-ending injury. He's tallied eight tackles in the last two games, with his two sacks Sunday the first of his NFL career. The second-year linebacker provided some pressure from the outside against the Rams, who at some point in the game became fixated on stopping Jadeveon Clowney.

Jordan Todman
News
Todman (calf) was a full participant at the Texans' practice Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Todman sat out the Texans' Week 6 victory over the Browns but appears fully healthy following the team's bye week. The 27-year-old has not played an offensive snap this season and is not currently on the fantasy radar.

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

Heath was a limited participant in practice this week and appears to be nearing a return after missing three straight games. The 24-year-old will likely be a game-day decision, with Angelo Blackson and Carlos Watkins slated for increased snaps if he cannot play.

Injury
Knee - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 11 vs. Arizona
Corey Moore
News
Moore (concussion) was a full participant at the Texans' practice Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Moore missed the last two games after sustaining the concussion against the Chiefs in Week 5. There hasn't been an announcement that the 24-year-old has officially cleared the league's concussion protocol at this point, but he appears to be nearing a return.

Dylan Cole
News
Cole (hamstring) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Cole did not practice again this week and has not done so since sustaining the Grade 2 hamstring strain in Week 6. There's no clear timetable on his return at this point, but he'll likely need to string together multiple practices before a return is truly considered.

Injury
Hamstring - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Out for Week 11 vs. Arizona
Kareem Jackson
News
Jackson (hamstring) was a full participant at Thursday's practice after sitting out Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans need Jackson and all hands on board defensively after losing J.J. Watt (knee) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) to season-ending injuries. The loss of two important disruptive forces up front will put a strain on Houston's cornerbacks, who will be asked to hold coverage longer.

Angelo Blackson
News
The Titans have signed four more of their draft picks on Wednesday including: Angelo Blackson, Andy Galilk, Tre McBride and Deiontrez Mount, the team announced.

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

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

Brian Peters
News
Peters (quadriceps) will play Monday night in Oakland.

Peters hasn't seen game action since Week 5, but is now healthy to play. He projects to assume a backup role at inside linebacker.

Kurtis Drummond
No Updates
Brian Cushing
News
Cushing (concussion) has been suspended 10 games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

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

Injury
Suspension - Suspended until Week 13 at Tennessee
Alfred Blue
News
Blue (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Blue did not practice Friday, which clouds his Week 11 status. In any case, he's behind Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman in the Texans' RB pecking order, so he's off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest formats these days.

Injury
Hamstring - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 11 vs. Arizona
Xavier Su'a-Filo
No Updates
Derek Newton
News
Newton (knee) is a candidate to miss the entire 2017 season after tearing patellar tendons in both of his knees during Week 7 of his 2016 campaign, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Newton was placed on the PUP list last week; meanwhile, the Texans signed 31-year-old Breno Giacomini on Tuesday to provide a veteran option at right tackle. The Texans should have a better read on Newton's health outlook once training camp arrives, but at this time, there's a good possibility he doesn't suit up in 2017.

Injury
Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Greg Mancz
News
Mancz (knee) will play Sunday against the Chiefs.

Mancz is set to return from a one-game absence but isn't expected to rejoin the starting lineup after Jeff Allen returned from an ankle injury of his own in Week 4.

Injury
Knee - Limited Practice on Thursday. Questionable for Week 11 vs. Arizona
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.

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.

Injury
Biceps - Injured Reserve
Chunky Clements
News
The Texans signed Clements off their practice squad Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Clements will presumably take the roster spot of defensive end Kendall Langford, who was released Tuesday. The undrafted rookie out of Illinois previously attended training camp with the Vikings, but was cut prior to the start of the season.

Jon Weeks
No Updates
Matt Godin
News
Godin (knee) was placed on injured reserve.

Following his torn ACL, Godin was promptly placed on IR. Godin is in his first pro season after a college career at the University of Michigan.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Treston Decoud
News
Decoud could play safety due to his size and willingness to hit and is expected be a core special-teams contributor during his rookie season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans took a hit in the secondary in the offseason, losing safety Quintin Demps and cornerback A.J. Bouye to free agency. They could use a combo guy to back up at both positions. Decoud's physical nature and length make him an interesting candidate but he needs to improve technique at cornerback.

Nick Martin
News
Martin was a full participant in Tuesday's practice, the Texans' official site reports.

Martin was limited Monday with an ankle injury but was back on the field Tuesday. It appears as if the center will be ready for Thursday's game against the Bengals, barring any major setbacks.

MyCole Pruitt
News
Pruitt signed with the Texans' practice squad Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans are completely depleted at the tight end position with Stephen Anderson and Ryan Griffin dealing with concussions and C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) on injured reserve. Pruitt could perhaps see an opportunity on the 53-man roster if he impresses in practice, since Houston's only healthy tight end is currently Evan Baylis.

Cobi Hamilton
News
Hamilton was signed to Houston's practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans are feeling the effect of injuries at wide receiver and are thin at the position. Hamilton played 11 games for the Steelers in 2016, catching 17 balls for 234 yards and two touchdowns.

Jelani Jenkins
News
Jenkins (hand) was a full practice participant Wednesday and is in line to play Sunday against the Colts.

Jenkins is set to make both his season and Texans debut Sunday. The 25-year-old played the last four seasons in Miami, providing a 110-tackle season in 2014. He's on the Texans' depth chart as a reserve linebacker, but their linebacker corps is littered with injuries, meaning Jenkins could be utilized defensively earlier than expected.

Lamar Miller
News
Miller gained 60 yards on 11 carries and caught his lone target for a 14-yard gain in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

D'Onta Foreman actually got the start and the first two carries, but Miller nonetheless put Houston's offense on his shoulders early on, tallying 52 yards on seven touches within the first 16 minutes of the game. He was essentially ignored thereafter as mistakes by Tom Savage, and the defense forced the Texans to abandon their running game. Rushing volume may continue to be a problem on a struggling team that also gives carries to Foreman, but Miller at least figures to be more involved in the passing game most weeks. He had three receptions in each of Houston's previous three games, and the team doesn't really have another decent option for passing downs. Miller draws a Week 11 matchup with an Arizona defense that's allowing just 3.6 yards per carry and 97.7 rushing yards per game.

Deshaun Watson
News
Watson (knee) underwent successful surgery Wednesday to repair his right ACL, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Doctors detected no additional ligament damage beyond the ACL tear while performing the procedure, so Watson's recovery timetable is expected to remain at 8-to-9 months. The rookie quarterback was enjoying a star-making campaign prior to suffering the injury in practice last week, but the Texans fully expect Watson to return to form by the start of the 2018 season. The knee surgery was the second of Watson's career; he previously required a procedure during his freshman year of college to repair a torn left ACL.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Zach Cunningham
News
Cunningham is seen as a versatile linebacker that can play both inside and outside, according to Houston head coach Bill O'Brien, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "Versatility is key for us. Zach was a very productive tackler at Vanderbilt," said O'Brien.

Cunningham sees himself as an inside linebacker but he'll need to get bigger to man that spot in the NFL. O'Brien feels he can play on special teams immediately and serve as depth at inside linebacker, where he can be groomed by veteran Brian Cushing for an eventual starting job alongside Bernardrick McKinney. Athleticism is Cunningham's greatest asset. He covers ground, is adept at pursuing, and could probably step in right away as a third-down backer.

Richard Leonard
Injury
Josh Johnson
News
Johnson agreed to terms Tuesday on a contract with the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Johnson will replace the recently signed Matt McGloin as the Texans' third quarterback, with the potential to eventually challenge the uninspiring duo of Tom Savage and T.J. Yates for the starting or top backup roles, respectively. Though the 31-year-old Johnson has just five NFL starts on his resume, he's enjoyed a long career as a backup in the league thanks in large part to his live arm and mobility. Johnson's last regular-season NFL snap came in 2013 as a member of the Bengals.

Ryan Griffin
News
Griffin (concussion) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Texans tight ends have been plagued by concussions all season. With C.J. Fiedorowicz ready to play for the first time since Week 1, the team swapped him for Griffin on the 53-man roster due to the latter's own head injury. For the rest of the season, Houston will roll with Fiedorowicz and Stephen Anderson at tight end.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
Ka'imi Fairbairn
News
Fairbairn missed a 34-yard field-goal attempt and made his lone extra-point kick in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Fairbairn has missed two straight field-goal kicks, each from the 30-39 yard range, and has scored just three points over the last two games with Tom Savage at quarterback. We'll never know whether or not the miss played a large factor in Sunday's loss, but it notably occurred during the second quarter at a time when the Texans were down 3-0. Playing without Deshaun Watson (knee), Houston's offense has no margin of error, so it's incumbent on Fairbairn to make kicks that are considered chip shots.

Ben Heeney
News
Heeney (knee) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Browns.

Heeney was absent from practice all week as he continues to recover from minor arthroscopic knee surgery. He's yet to be given a timetable for a return, and in his absence, Brian Peters and Dylan Cole will continue to operate as reserves at inside linebacker.

Chris Clark
News
Clark (calf) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts.

Clark sat out last Sunday's loss to the Seahawks with a strained calf but was able to practice on a limited basis this week. The 32-year-old is the logical candidate to start at left tackle after the trade of Duane Brown, who Clark filled in for during the former's six-game holdout to start the season.

Bruce Ellington
News
Ellington will start in place of the injured Will Fuller (ribs) in Week 11 against the Cardinals, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Ellington filled in nicely early in the season when Fuller missed time due to a collarbone injury, but had seen his role diminished once Fuller returned. Now, with Fuller sidelined at least one week, the 26-year-old Ellington has an opportunity to regain some of that lost value. He enters Sunday's game having been targeted 16 times, including three in the red zone, since Tom Savage took over for the injured Deshaun Watson (knee) two games ago.

Jadeveon Clowney
News
Clowney had three tackles for loss -- including one sack -- in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Clowney has faced increased scrutiny from offensive lines since the Texans lost J.J. Watt (leg) and Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) to season-ending injuries, but in recording his team-leading sixth sack Sunday, he matched the career high he established last season.

Dee Virgin
No Updates
Will Fuller
News
Fuller (ribs) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

In Fuller's absence this weekend, look for Bruce Ellington and Braxton Miller to pick up the bulk of the extra snaps and targets that don't go to top wideout DeAndre Hopkins, who could well be shadowed by ace cornerback Patrick Peterson. As a result, Ellington -- who logged four catches for 41 yards and a TD last Sunday against the Rams -- represents a decent Week 11 fantasy dart.

Injury
Ribs - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Out for Week 11 vs. Arizona
D.J. Reader
News
The Texans have "no concerns" that Reader will be able to replace Vince Wilfork at nose tackle, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans' 2016 fifth-round pick -- who was viewed as more of a rotational lineman coming out of Clemson -- started seven games in his rookie season and proved sufficiently capable of occupying double teams and clogging up the trenches at the professional level. While he finished the year with only 22 tackles and one sack across 16 appearances, Reader seems to be a lock to improve upon his 40-percent snap count from a season ago. Consequently, he should have more of an opportunity to rack up the counting stats in his sophomore campaign.

Stephen Anderson
News
Anderson caught two of three targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 33-7 loss to the Rams.

Anderson remains an active target for the Texans, who have been dealing with concussion injuries to members of their tight end position group. C.J. Fiedorowicz returned to action Sunday, but Ryan Griffin (concussion) was inactive, leaving Anderson as the team's second tight end for the seventh time in nine games. Given the state of the Tom Savage-led offense, it's hard to believe Anderson will produce at fantasy-worthy levels.

Kevin Johnson
News
Johnson (knee) fully participated in practice Thursday.

Johnson's on a path to return to the field Week 8 against Seattle after missing four games. His presence gives the defense a good run-stopping cornerback who can help support a front seven that's lost J.J. Watt (leg), Whitney Mercilus (pectoral) and Brian Cushing (suspension).

Marcus Williams
News
Williams signed his tender with the Jets on Monday, Ethan Greenberg of the team's official site reports.

The four-year vet racked up 33 combined tackles and two interceptions one year ago. Given his production over the last two seasons and the Jets' dwindling secondary that no longer includes Darrelle Revis, Williams projects to function as one the team's primary cornerbacks heading into training camp.

Julie'n Davenport
News
Davenport (shoulder) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Davenport did not practice this week so this doesn't come as much of a surprise. The Texans will have to look elsewhere if a starting offensive lineman suffers an injury.

Injury
Shoulder - Did Not Practice on Thursday. Out for Week 11 vs. Arizona
Tyler Ervin
News
The Texans placed Ervin on injured reserve Wednesday.

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

Injury
Knee - Injured Reserve
Chris Thompson
News
Thompson (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals.

Thompson was a new addition to the injury report this week and was unable to practice Thursday and Friday. The 27-year-old's practice participation seems to have him trending towards not playing Sunday, which would leave Jordan Todman and Bruce Ellington to take over duties as kick and punt returners. Receiver Will Fuller (ribs) has already been ruled out, which would provide a window for more offensive opportunities should Thompson be able to play. If he can't suit up, DeAndre Hopkins, Bruce Ellington, and Braxton Miller would be the Texans only available receivers for Sunday's game.

Injury
Knee - Did Not Practice on Friday. Questionable for Week 11 vs. Arizona
Breno Giacomini
News
Giacomini (back) was signed by the Texans on Tuesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Giacomini, who was released by the Jets in February, will add depth at right tackle for the Texans in 2017. The 10-year vet underwent back surgery following the 2016 season, so he figures to be somewhat limited throughout the offseason.

Shane Lechler
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David Quessenberry
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Quessenberry was waived Saturday, NFL.com reports.

Quessenberry, who fought back to football after battling cancer, is a pretty popular guy with the team and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him land on Houston's practice squad if he goes unclaimed.

Whitney Mercilus
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Mercilus (pectoral) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Mercilus needed season-ending surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle, so the move was fully expected. In order to address the pass-rushing void the loss of Mercilus presents, Texans signed Lamarr Houston earlier this week. Houston notched eight sacks for the Bears in 2015, his last 16-game season.

Injury
Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Deante' Gray
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Gray (knee) cleared waivers and reverted to injured reserve.

Gray was waived/injured Tuesday after tearing his ACL last week. Unless he reaches an injury settlement with the Texans, he's likely stuck on injured reserve through the end of the 2017 campaign.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
J.J. Watt
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Watt will need 6-to-9 months of recovery after undergoing surgery earlier this week to repair a tibial fracture in his left leg, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Based on that timeline, Watt, who was officially moved to injured reserve Wednesday, could possibly be ready for Organized Team Activities next May, but the Texans aren't expected to push the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Injury
Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Ufomba Kamalu
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Kamalu is a healthy inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Kamalu had a sack in each of the past two games, but it apparently wasn't enough for him to suit up against the Colts. Veteran Lamarr Houston will likely start at outside linebacker for the Texans, with Brennan Scarlett serving in a reserve role.

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

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