|Offense||14th||117.0 (10th)||231.9 (16th)|
|Defense||20th||104.8 (10th)||235.8 (22nd)|
|90||Clowney, Jadeveon||OLB||6-5||270||2/14/1993||4||South Carolina|
|51||Cole, Dylan||ILB||6-0||240||5/19/1994||R||Missouri State|
|56||Cushing, Brian||ILB||6-3||250||1/24/1987||9||Southern California|
|31||Decoud, Treston||CB||6-2||210||8/1/1993||R||Oregon State|
|23||Drummond, Kurtis||FS||6-1||210||1/29/1992||3||Michigan State|
|15||Fuller, Will||WR||6-0||185||4/16/1994||2||Notre Dame|
|93||Heath, Joel||DE||6-6||295||6/18/1993||2||Michigan State|
|30||Johnson, Kevin||CB||6-0||190||8/5/1992||3||Wake Forest|
|24||Joseph, Johnathan||CB||5-11||190||4/16/1984||12||South Carolina|
|94||Kamalu, Ufomba||LB||6-6||300||11/2/1992||2||Miami (Fla.)|
|63||Lamm, Kendall||T||6-6||305||6/5/1992||3||Appalachian State|
|9||Lechler, Shane||P||6-2||240||8/7/1976||18||Texas A&M|
|66||Martin, Nick||C||6-4||300||4/29/1993||2||Notre Dame|
|55||McKinney, Benardrick||ILB||6-4||250||11/19/1992||3||Mississippi State|
|13||Miller, Braxton||WR||6-2||215||11/30/1992||2||Ohio State|
|26||Miller, Lamar||RB||5-10||225||4/25/1991||6||Miami (Fla.)|
|72||Newton, Derek||T||6-6||315||11/16/1987||7||Arkansas State|
|52||Peters, Brian||LB||6-4||235||10/31/1988||3||Northwestern (Ia)|
|85||Pruitt, MyCole||TE||6-2||243||3/24/1992||2||Southern Illinois|
|40||Williams, Marcus||CB||5-11||196||3/24/1991||4||North Dakota State|
|2||Yates, T.J.||QB||6-4||217||5/28/1987||6||North Carolina|
|74||Clark, Chris (IR)||T||6-5||305||10/1/1985||9||Southern Mississippi|
|95||Covington, Christian (IR)||DE||6-2||290||10/16/1993||3||Rice|
|12||Ellington, Bruce (IR)||WR||5-9||200||8/22/1991||4||South Carolina|
|34||Ervin, Tyler (IR)||RB||5-10||180||10/7/1993||2||San Jose State|
|87||Fiedorowicz, C.J. (IR)||TE||6-5||265||10/22/1991||4||Iowa|
|27||Foreman, D'Onta (IR)||RB||6-0||235||4/24/1996||R||Texas|
|69||Godin, Matt (IR)||DE||6-6||295||9/30/1993||R||Michigan|
|16||Gray, Deante' (IR)||WR||5-10||174||2/27/1994||R||TCU|
|84||Griffin, Ryan (IR)||TE||6-6||255||1/11/1990||5||Connecticut|
|Leonard, Richard (IR)||CB||5-9||170||9/2/1991||R||Florida International|
|59||Mercilus, Whitney (IR)||OLB||6-4||260||7/21/1990||6||Illinois|
|57||Scarlett, Brennan (IR)||OLB||6-4||265||7/31/1993||2||Stanford|
|4||Watson, Deshaun (IR)||QB||6-2||215||9/14/1995||R||Clemson|
|99||Watt, J.J. (IR)||DE||6-5||290||3/22/1989||7||Wisconsin|
|Gilchrist, Kennan||LB||6-1||230||9/16/1994||R||Appalachian State|
|Heinicke, Taylor||QB||6-1||210||3/15/1993||3||Old Dominion|
|Lucien, Devin||WR||6-2||200||6/26/1993||1||Arizona State|
|Malleck, Ryan||TE||6-4||249||7/22/1993||1||Virginia Tech|
|Pope, Troymaine||RB||5-8||205||11/29/1993||2||Jacksonville State|
|77||Quessenberry, David||G||6-5||310||8/24/1990||3||San Jose State|
|Thornton, Josh||CB||5-11||185||11/24/1992||R||Southern Utah|
|Virgin, Dee||DB||5-9||194||10/29/1993||R||West Alabama|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Su'a-Filo was able to stay healthy since practicing in limited capacity Friday, and he'll slot into his left guard position Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hamilton has yet to see the field in either of the Texans' games since being promoted from the practice squad Nov. 20.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Davenport was unable to practice throughout the week and will miss his fourth consecutive game as a result of the shoulder injury.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.