Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense14th117.0 (10th)231.9 (16th)
Defense20th104.8 (10th)235.8 (22nd)
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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
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
56Cushing, Brian ILB6-32501/24/19879Southern California
70Davenport, Julie'n T6-73151/9/1995RBucknell
31Decoud, Treston CB6-22108/1/1993ROregon State
23Drummond, Kurtis FS6-12101/29/19923Michigan State
92Dunn, Brandon NT6-23009/5/19922Louisville
38Ellington, Andre RB5-91992/3/19895Clemson
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-01901/29/19942UCLA
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
17Hamilton, Cobi WR6-220111/13/19902Arkansas
93Heath, Joel DE6-62956/18/19932Michigan State
50Heeney, Ben LB6-02305/13/19923Kansas
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12106/6/19925Clemson
25Jackson, Kareem CB5-101904/10/19888Alabama
44Jenkins, Jelani LB6-02403/13/19925Florida
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
54Lewis, LaTroy LB6-429511/9/1993RTennessee
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
53President, Gimel LB6-42756/4/1993RIllinois
45Prosch, Jay FB6-12558/21/19924Auburn
85Pruitt, MyCole TE6-22433/24/19922Southern Illinois
98Reader, D.J. DE6-33257/1/19942Clemson
3Savage, Tom QB6-42304/26/19904Pittsburgh
62Slade, Chad G6-53155/4/19922Auburn
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43101/1/19914UCLA
14Thompson, Chris WR6-01705/9/1994RFlorida
6Todman, Jordan RB5-102002/24/19905Connecticut
91Watkins, Carlos DE6-330512/5/1993RClemson
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19868Baylor
11White, DeAndrew WR6-019210/16/19912Alabama
40Williams, Marcus CB5-111963/24/19914North Dakota State
2Yates, T.J. QB6-42175/28/19876North Carolina
Injured Players
74Clark, Chris (IR) T6-530510/1/19859Southern Mississippi
95Covington, Christian (IR) DE6-229010/16/19933Rice
12Ellington, Bruce (IR) WR5-92008/22/19914South Carolina
34Ervin, Tyler (IR) RB5-1018010/7/19932San Jose State
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. (IR) TE6-526510/22/19914Iowa
27Foreman, D'Onta (IR) RB6-02354/24/1996RTexas
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
57Scarlett, Brennan (IR) OLB6-42657/31/19932Stanford
4Watson, Deshaun (IR) QB6-22159/14/1995RClemson
99Watt, J.J. (IR) DE6-52903/22/19897Wisconsin
Practice Squad
 Gilchrist, Kennan LB6-12309/16/1994RAppalachian State
 Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19933Old Dominion
 Johnson, Dorian G6-530510/21/1994RPittsburgh
37Jones, Bryce DB6-01808/20/1994RAkron
 Lucien, Devin WR6-22006/26/19931Arizona State
 Malleck, Ryan TE6-42497/22/19931Virginia Tech
 Pope, Troymaine RB5-820511/29/19932Jacksonville State
77Quessenberry, David G6-53108/24/19903San Jose State
 Thornton, Josh CB5-1118511/24/1992RSouthern Utah
 Virgin, Dee DB5-919410/29/1993RWest Alabama
 
 
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Position Listing
DeAndrew White
News
White was promoted to the Texans' active roster Tuesday.

White was promoted after Bruce Ellington (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday. White spent training camp with the Texans and was signed to the team's practice squad last week, so the wideout should have a decent grasp on Houston's playbook. However, the 26-year-old will likely find himself on the bottom of the depth chart and is more likely to see reps on special teams than offense.

Benardrick McKinney
News
McKinney had seven tackles (five solo) and one sack against the Titans on Sunday.

The third-year pro hadn't posted a sack since Week 2, but his average of 6.2 tackles per game helps make up the difference. McKinney played all 54 defensive snaps Sunday, and since that is expected to keep up, he'll be due for more outings like Week 13.

Tom Savage
News
Savage was diagnosed with a concussion and won't return to Sunday's game against the 49ers. He'll finish the day with six completions for 63 yards on 12 attempts.

Savage took a massive hit in the first half from 49ers defensive end Elvis Dumervil and was slow to get up, resulting in him heading to the medical tent for a brief period. He would later return to the game for one series and threw two incompletions before getting pulled late in the second quarter, allowing T.J. Yates to take over behind center. With Savage now dealing with a head injury on top of his largely unproductive play as the Texans' starting signal caller for seven games, it's fair to question if he'll get his job back Week 15 against the Jaguars even if he clears the NFL's concussion protocol by that point.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 15 at Jacksonville
Andre Hal
News
Hal finished Sunday's 31-21 victory over the Cardinals with four tackles (three solo) and an interception.

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

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

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

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.

Devin Lucien
News
The Texanssigned Lucien to their practice squad Tuesday.

Houston finds itself thin at wideout, so adding Lucien to the pipeline makes sense. If health at the position remains an issue, the second-year undrafted free agent out of Arizona State may eventually earn a promotion to the 53-man roster.

T.J. Yates
News
Yates completed 14 of 26 passes for 175 yards and two touchdowns while adding 31 yards on three scrambles after replacing Tom Savage (concussion) in the second quarter of Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

Both of Yates' touchdowns unsurprisingly came on passes to DeAndre Hopkins, as the star wide receiver was unaffected by the quarterback change. Savage appeared to pass the concussion protocol and returned to the sideline with his helmet on, but the team opted to leave Yates in. Based on that development, don't discount the possibility of Yates starting next week in Jacksonville regardless of Savage's status. Given how well Jacksonville's pass defense has played, neither quarterback would make for an appealing option in that matchup.

DeAndre Hopkins
News
Hopkins caught 11 of 16 targets for 149 yards and two touchdowns while losing a costly fumble in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

Hopkins caught a seven-yard touchdown pass from T.J. Yates in the final minute of the first half, further demonstrating the star receiver's ability to be productive regardless of who's throwing him the ball. Yates looked almost exclusively Hopkins' way after taking over for Tom Savage (concussion) in the second quarter, and the duo connected again on a 29-yard score early in the third quarter. The wide receiver's fumble with under six minutes remaining and his team trailing by a touchdown ended any realistic chance of a comeback, however.

LaTroy Lewis
News
The Texans promoted Lewis from their practice squad Wednesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Lewis and fellow linebacker Gimel President will both move up to the 53-man roster to fill the vacancies left by Lamarr Houston, who was released, and Ben Heeney, who was placed on injured reserve due to an unspecified issue. Neither Lewis nor President appears likely to see meaningful snaps on defense.

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
News
The Texans promoted President from their practice squad Wednesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

He's set to take the roster spot of fellow linebacker Ben Heeney, who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday with an unspecified injury. Like Heeney, the expectation is that President will see most of his snaps on special teams.

Braxton Miller
News
Miller (concussion) won't play in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

With Bruce Ellington (hamstring) placed on injured reserve and Will Fuller (ribs) set to rejoin the lineup, Houston's receiving corps will look much different than it did last week. Prior to the concussion, Miller had finally been picking up some steam with nine catches for 114 yards on 10 targets the past two weeks. Once healthy, he'll likely step back in as the No. 3 receiver, a role that will fall to some combination of Chris Thompson, Cobi Hamilton, DeAndrew White and Andre Ellington on Sunday.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 14 vs. San Francisco
C.J. Fiedorowicz
News
Fiedorowicz, who was placed on injured reserve earlier this week, could be forced to retire from the NFL after sustaining his fourth concussion in two seasons, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The 26-year-old was initially placed on injured reserve following the Texans' season opener after suffering a concussion in that contest, only to return mid-season and play four games before sustaining another head injury. While it's unclear if Fiedorowicz wants to stop playing on his own volition, the matter may not be up to him, as sources familiar with his situation have indicated that there's no assurances he'll be able to pass a physical due to his problematic history. Regardless of how things play out for the tight end, the repeated concussions are a troubling development for both he and the Texans, who inked Fiedorowicz to a three-year, $21.5 million contract last summer after he broke out for 54 receptions, 559 yards and four touchdowns in 2016.

Injury
Concussion - Injured Reserve
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
The Texans placed Foreman (Achilles) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Foreman's season will come to a close after he suffered a torn left Achilles in the Week 11 win over the Cardinals while rushing for his second touchdown of the contest. Given the severity of the injury, Foreman could be limited or held out entirely when training camp opens next summer, putting something of a damper on his 2018 outlook. The Texans filled Foreman's spot on the 53-man roster by claiming running back Andre Ellington off waivers from Arizona.

Injury
Achilles - Injured Reserve
Troymaine Pope
News
The Texans signed Pope to their practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pope will take the spot of wide receiver Cobi Hamilton, who was promoted from the practice squad to the Texans' 53-man roster Tuesday. With the Texans recently losing rookie running back D'Onta Foreman (Achilles) for the season and depth back Alfred Blue (hamstring) also hurting, it may not take long for Pope to join Hamilton on the active roster.

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 (concussion) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's game against the 49ers, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Lamm's injury leaves the Texans with serious depth issues on their offensive front, and Chad Slade will likely slot into the left tackle role for the remainder of Sunday's game.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 15 at Jacksonville
Johnathan Joseph
News
Joseph (shoulder) practiced fully Thursday.

Joseph was deemed day-to-day after injuring his shoulder in Sunday's loss to the Titans, but his return to full practice four days later clears up any concern regarding his availability for the Week 14 matchup with the Texans. Since earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week for Week 6 back in October for his two-interception effort against Cleveland, Joseph hasn't generated any turnovers in his subsequent six outings.

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

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

Injury
Foot - Injured Reserve
Jordan Todman
News
Todman (hand) logged a full practice session Thursday.

That clears the way for Todman to dress for Sunday's game against the 49ers. With Alfred Blue (concussion) looking unlikely to play, Todman would slot in third on the depth chart at running back, but it's still likely that he would play exclusively on special teams, as has been the case throughout the season.

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

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

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 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.

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
The Texans were granted a one-week roster exemption Wednesday to evaluate Cushing's condition following his completion of a 10-game suspension, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. Cushing hasn't been added to the 53-man roster and isn't expected to play Sunday against the Titans. "We talked for a while," Texans head coach Bill O'Brien said, regarding whether or not to reinstate Cushing this week. "We're going to really condition this week to look at where he's at in that respect. He's been working out obviously, but football conditioning, see where he's at. It's great to have him back in the building and he's happy to be back and kind of take it from there."

Cushing was unable to practice with the team while he served his suspension for being a repeat offender of the NFL's performance-enhancing drug policy, so he'll take the next several days to get back up to full speed following the lengthy layoff. The Texans have lost multiple key players due to injury this season, but middle linebacker counts as one of the team's areas of strength. With that in mind, Cushing isn't certain to displace Benardrick McKinney or Zach Cunningham of their respective starting roles once he rejoins the roster.

Alfred Blue
News
Blue (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

As expected, Blue was unable to practice this week and will sit out for the fifth time this season while he remains in the NFL's concussion protocol. Blue's absence leaves Andre Ellington to serve as the primary backup to starting running back Lamar Miller.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 14 vs. San Francisco
Xavier Su'a-Filo
News
Su'a-Filo (groin) is active for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Su'a-Filo was able to stay healthy since practicing in limited capacity Friday, and he'll slot into his left guard position Sunday.

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
Taylor Heinicke
News
Heinicke has been signed to the Patriots' practice squad, ESPN's Mike Reiss reports.

Heinicke gives the team some QB depth following the trade of Jacoby Brissett to the Colts. He's obviously behind Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo on the organization's depth chart, but now that he's with the practice squad, Heinicke can prep for backup duty in the event that one of his counterparts suffers an injury.

Greg Mancz
News
Mancz (shoulder) was a full participant in practice Thursday.

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

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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 14 vs. San Francisco
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 was promoted to the Texans' active roster Tuesday.

Pruitt spent almost the entire season the Texans' practice squad but now gets the call up after C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) was placed on injured reserve. Stephen Anderson will likely take over starting responsibilities at tight end but Pruitt could potentially see offensive reps as he is the only other healthy tight end on the active roster at this time.

Cobi Hamilton
News
Hamilton (coach's decision) is inactive for Sunday's game against the Titans, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Hamilton has yet to see the field in either of the Texans' games since being promoted from the practice squad Nov. 20.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 14 vs. San Francisco
Jelani Jenkins
News
Jenkins (concussion) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Jenkins remains subject to the league's concussion protocol after suffering the head injury during last week's game against the Titans. The reserve linebacker's absence won't have much of an impact on the Texans' defense, as he's logged just 11 tackles in five games with Houston this season.

Injury
Concussion - Inactive for Week 14 vs. San Francisco
Lamar Miller
News
Miller rushed 17 times for 53 yards and caught both of his targets for seven more in Sunday's 26-16 loss to San Francisco.

Miller expected a larger workload, but the hosts had to rely primarily on the passing game after surprisingly falling behind their 2-10 visitors. He didn't exactly earn more touches with an average of 3.1 yards per carry, falling short of 4.0 for the fourth consecutive week. Miller continues to be consistently mediocre with between 51 and 61 rushing yards in each of his past seven games.

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
Andre Ellington
News
Ellington rushed twice for minus-6 yards while catching five of six targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 24-13 loss to Tennessee.

Ellington saw snaps at wide receiver in his Houston debut with Braxton Miller (concussion) and Bruce Ellington (hamstring) exiting early. The running back's value comes primarily from his contributions catching the ball, as Ellington's totaled 353 receiving yards compared to just 49 rushing yards in nine appearances between the Cardinals and Texans this season.

Zach Cunningham
News
Cunningham had four tackles (three solo) and one sack against the Titans on Sunday.

The rookie second-round pick played all 54 defensive snaps Sunday, and he was able to add a bonus sack for fantasy owners that summoned him. Still, he's averaging just 4.4 tackles per game, which keeps him on the low end of linebackers.

Richard Leonard
Injury
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
Texans head coach Bill O'Brien suggested Monday that the team would stick with Fairbairn as its kicker, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports. "He's a good kicker. I have a lot of faith in him," O'Brien said of Fairbairn. "He had a bad day [in Sunday's 24-13 loss to the Titans]. He'll be alright."

Fairbairn had a pair of costly missed field goals Sunday that changed the complexion of the contest, with the attempt he yanked wide left from 23 yards out in the third quarter especially brutal. The first-year kicker at least righted the ship before the end of the game by knocking home a 42-yard attempt, and his solid work on the whole this season looks like it will give him a little leeway before the Texans start working out other options. Through Houston's 12 games, Fairbairn has connected on 17 of 21 field-goal tries and 29 of 31 extra-point attempts.

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.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Chris Clark
News
The Texans will place Clark (ankle) on injured reserve Wednesday, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

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

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve
Ryan Malleck
News
The Texans signed Malleck to their practice squad Wednesday.

Malleck has yet to make his NFL debut since going undrafted out of Virginia Tech in 2015. It's unlikely that he'll see any action with the Texans over the final five games of the season unless one of C.J. Fiedorowicz or Stephen Anderson, the lone tight ends on the 53-man roster, succumbs to an injury.

Bruce Ellington
News
Ellington (hamstring) has been placed on IR by the Texans.

With Ellington on IR, wideout DeAndrew White was added to the Texans' active roster. The loss of Ellington for the team's stretch run taxes the team's wideout depth behind top wideout DeAndre Hopkins. Braxton Miller, Chris Thompson and versatile RB Andre Ellington remain on hand, but ideally, from the Texans' perspective, Will Fuller (ribs) will be able to return sooner rather than later.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Jadeveon Clowney
News
Clowney (ankle, shoulder) will not carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Titans.

Clowney's only practice this week was a limited Friday session. However, head coach Bill O'Brien had downplayed the injuries, so this development isn't exactly surprising. The Texans have been cautious in practice with the 24-year-old all season, a trend that is likely to continue.

Dee Virgin
No Updates
Will Fuller
News
Fuller turned five targets into three catches for 26 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to San Francisco.

Fuller finished a distant second in receiving yards to DeAndre Hopkins, who turned 16 targets into 11 catches for 149 yards and two touchdowns. T.J. Yates took over at quarterback for Tom Savage (concussion) in the second quarter of this contest, but the change in personnel didn't impact the usual approach of forcing the ball to Hopkins in almost all situations.

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 is in line to start Sunday's game against San Francisco after the Texans placed C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) on injured reserve, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Fiedorowicz joins Ryan Griffin (concussion) on injured reserve, leaving Anderson the expected starter Week 14 against the 49ers, the NFL's 19th-ranked passing defense (231.3 YPG). The second-year tight end, who played wide receiver at Cal with Jared Goff, turned 12 targets last week into five catches, 79 yards and a touchdown. He showed good hands on a beautiful diving catch on 4th-and-19 to extend a fourth-quarter drive. Anderson's got the athleticism to be more than just a tight end.

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) is listed as out for Sunday's game against the 49ers.

Davenport was unable to practice throughout the week and will miss his fourth consecutive game as a result of the shoulder injury.

Injury
Shoulder - AC Joint - Inactive for Week 14 vs. San Francisco
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
Josh Thornton
No Updates
Chris Thompson
News
Thompson is expected to serve as the Texans' No. 3 wide receiver in Sunday's game against the 49ers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Thompson moved up a spot on the depth chart earlier this week when Bruce Ellington (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve, and at least for Week 14, he'll climb up another peg with Miller still in the concussion protocol. While the Texans dealt with numerous injuries at wideout in last week's loss to the Titans, Thompson saw a season-high 50 snaps, but that only translated to one catch for 11 yards on two targets. Thompson could see similarly generous playing time Sunday, but it's unlikely he'll rank as a primary read in the passing game for quarterback Tom Savage.

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
No Updates
David Quessenberry
News
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
News
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
News
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
News
Watt (lower leg) said Friday that he'll be ready to play next season, but isn't certain if he'll be on the field for the start of Organized Team Activities in the spring, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Watt, who underwent surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg, only recently started walking without the aid of crutches, so he's not far along in the recovery process to forecast his return to practice. With Watt having been limited to a combined eight games over the last two years after sustaining a pair of season-ending injuries, it's fair to wonder if the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year will ever return to peak form again.

Injury
Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Ufomba Kamalu
News
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.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 14 vs. San Francisco
Carlos Watkins
News
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.