Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense21st115.1 (13th)204.9 (20th)
Defense19th109.2 (12th)237.4 (24th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
79Allen, Jeff T6-43051/8/19907Illinois
89Anderson, Stephen TE6-32301/30/19933California
97Blackson, Angelo DT6-431811/14/19924Auburn
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22254/27/19915LSU
39Campbell, Ibraheim SAF5-112085/13/19924Northwestern
74Clark, Chris T6-530510/1/198510Southern Mississippi
96Clements, Chunky DT6-229512/3/19942Illinois
90Clowney, Jadeveon DE6-52702/14/19935South Carolina
51Cole, Dylan LB6-02405/19/19942Missouri State
 Conque, Zach QB6-42254/22/19941Stephen F. Austin St.
95Covington, Christian DT6-229010/16/19934Rice
 Crockett, Montay WR6-018412/11/19931Georgia Southern
41Cunningham, Zach LB6-323012/12/19942Vanderbilt
56Cushing, Brian (FA) LB6-32501/24/19879Southern California
70Davenport, Julie'n T6-73151/9/19952Bucknell
31Decoud, Treston SAF6-22108/1/19932Oregon State
 Drummond, Kurtis SAF6-12101/29/19924Michigan State
92Dunn, Brandon DT6-23009/5/19923Louisville
38Ellington, Andre RB5-91992/3/19896Clemson
12Ellington, Bruce WR5-92008/22/19915South Carolina
34Ervin, Tyler RB5-1018010/7/19933San Jose State
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-01901/29/19943UCLA
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. TE6-526510/22/19915Iowa
27Foreman, D'Onta RB6-02354/24/19962Texas
61Fuller, Kyle C6-43153/4/19942Baylor
15Fuller, Will WR6-01854/16/19943Notre Dame
68Giacomini, Breno T6-73209/27/198511Louisville
 Gilchrist, Kennan LB6-12309/16/19941Appalachian State
21Gilchrist, Marcus DB5-1019812/8/19888Clemson
69Godin, Matt LB6-62959/30/19932Michigan
16Gray, Deante' WR5-101742/27/19942TCU
84Griffin, Ryan TE6-62551/11/19906Connecticut
29Hal, Andre DB5-101905/30/19925Vanderbilt
17Hamilton, Cobi WR6-220111/13/19903Arkansas
 Hardison, Marcus DT6-33102/14/19923Arizona State
93Heath, Joel DT6-62956/18/19933Michigan State
50Heeney, Ben LB6-02305/13/19924Kansas
8Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19933Old Dominion
10Hopkins, DeAndre WR6-12106/6/19926Clemson
25Jackson, Kareem DB5-101904/10/19889Alabama
44Jenkins, Jelani LB6-02403/13/19926Florida
5Johnson, Josh QB6-32195/15/19867San Diego
30Johnson, Kevin CB6-01908/5/19924Wake Forest
37Jones, Bryce DB6-01808/20/19941Akron
24Joseph, Johnathan DB5-111904/16/198413South Carolina
94Kamalu, Ufomba DE6-630011/2/19923Miami (Fla.)
 Kilgo, Darius NT6-331912/14/19913Maryland
63Lamm, Kendall T6-63056/5/19924Appalachian State
9Lechler, Shane P6-22408/7/197619Texas A&M
54Lewis, LaTroy LB6-325411/9/19931Tennessee
88Malleck, Ryan TE6-42497/22/19931Virginia Tech
65Mancz, Greg C6-43004/23/19924Toledo
66Martin, Nick G6-43004/29/19933Notre Dame
55McKinney, Benardrick LB6-425011/19/19924Mississippi State
59Mercilus, Whitney DE6-42607/21/19907Illinois
13Miller, Braxton WR6-221511/30/19923Ohio State
26Miller, Lamar RB5-102254/25/19917Miami (Fla.)
43Moore, Corey SAF6-22051/28/19933Georgia
72Newton, Derek T6-631511/16/19878Arkansas State
52Peters, Brian LB6-423510/31/19884Northwestern (Ia)
35Pleasant, Eddie DB5-1021012/17/19886Oregon
 Pope, Troymaine RB5-820511/29/19932Jacksonville State
53President, Gimel LB6-32756/24/19931Illinois
45Prosch, Jay RB6-12558/21/19925Auburn
85Pruitt, MyCole TE6-22433/24/19922Southern Illinois
77Quessenberry, David T6-53108/24/19903San Jose State
98Reader, D.J. NT6-33257/1/19943Clemson
 Robinson, Jevoni TE6-822511/16/19921Barry University
 Rodgers, Jake T6-63209/10/19911Eastern Washington
3Savage, Tom QB6-42304/26/19905Pittsburgh
57Scarlett, Brennan LB6-42657/31/19933Stanford
62Slade, Chad G6-33155/4/19922Auburn
71Su'a-Filo, Xavier G6-43101/1/19915UCLA
14Thompson, Chris WR6-01705/9/19942Florida
 Thornton, Josh CB5-1118511/24/19921Southern Utah
6Todman, Jordan RB5-102002/24/19906Connecticut
 Virgin, Dee DB5-919410/29/19931West Alabama
91Watkins, Carlos DT6-330512/5/19932Clemson
4Watson, Deshaun QB6-22159/14/19952Clemson
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52903/22/19898Wisconsin
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102502/17/19869Baylor
11White, DeAndrew WR6-019210/16/19912Alabama
40Williams, Marcus DB5-111963/24/19915North Dakota State
2Yates, T.J. QB6-42175/28/19877North Carolina
Injured Players
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
 
 
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Position Listing
DeAndrew White
News
White failed to catch his lone target in Sunday's 45-7 loss to Jacksonville.

White served as the Texans' third wideout for a second straight week, but with subpar quarterback play, that meant little beyond DeAndre Hopkins (13 targets) and Will Fuller (five targets). If Braxton Miller (concussion) is cleared in time for Week 16 against the Steelers, White will be go back to a minor role that includes return duty on special teams.

Benardrick McKinney
News
McKinney recorded 95 tackles (62 solo) and three sacks in 16 games for the Texans in 2017.

McKinney started the season strong with 17 tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble across Weeks 1 and 2, but didn't log any other true impact performances. All in all it was a decent season for the 25-year-old, but a definite step down from his 129 tackle and five sack output in 2016. The 2015-second round pick will aim to recreate that production next season as he enters the final year of his rookie contract.

Tom Savage
News
The Texans have placed Savage (concussion) on IR.

As a result, T.J. Yates will continue to start at QB for the Texans for the team's final two games. Savage thus finishes the 2017 season with a 56.1 completion percentage and 1,412 passing yards to go along with five TDs and six picks over the course of eight appearances. Savage is eligible to become a free agent this offseason, but it's possible that the Texans will look to keep him around to provide depth behind franchise QB Deshaun Watson, who is bouncing back from a torn ACL that he suffered Nov. 2.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Allen will finish the 2017 season with two straight inactives after suffering the concussion in the team's Week 15 loss to Jacksonville. Rookie Julie'n Davenport should receive another start at left tackle for the Texans.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
T.J. Yates
News
Yates completed 14 of 24 passes for 137 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts.

Yates made his third start and didn't commit a turnover for the first time. He also had the Texans up at halftime. Those are the positive takeaways. In the second half, when the Colts have often folded this season, Yates was sacked for a safety and failed to lead the Texans on a scoring drive. Yates has been a dutiful solider on and off for the Texans since he was a fifth-round draft pick in 2011, but his future with the organization is murky. Pending good health, Deshaun Watson (knee) will be the starter in 2018, and Yates could hook on as a third-stringer or compete as a backup.

DeAndre Hopkins
News
Hopkins won't play in the Pro Bowl due to a calf injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

In the Texans' season finale, Hopkins' notable Iron Man streak ended at 79 games to start his career, and the calf concern will prohibit the wide receiver from partaking in the NFL's annual exhibition of all-stars. With his focus on rehabbing his calf and rebuilding his rapport with Deshaun Watson (knee), Hopkins will enter the 2018 season as one of the hottest commodities at his position. Despite the Week 17 absence, Hopkins ranked first in touchdown receptions with 13 (or three more than second place), fourth in receiving with 1,378 yards and sixth with 96 receptions during his fifth campaign.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
LaTroy Lewis
News
Lewis (shoulder) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Lewis, who missed the Texans' Week 16 loss to the Steelers, is now slated to miss the regular-season finale as well due to his shoulder injury. His absence won't have much of an impact, as he logged just three tackles in two games during the 2017 season.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 caught two of four targets for nine yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to Indianapolis.

Miller was handed a starting assignment Sunday due to DeAndre Hopkins (calf) being inactive, but was unable to make much of a splash with the opportunity. That could be due to Houston playing with its third-string quarterback, T.J. Yates, but Miller has been disappointing since being selected in the third round of the 2016 draft. He had a good two-game stretch (nine catches, 114 yards) in Weeks 12 and 13, but an inability to get open consistently has kept him buried on the depth chart. An optimist may view Miller as a deep sleeper in 2018, particularly with the return of quarterback Deshaun Watson (knee) and the impact that will have on the Texans' wideouts. However, Miller was inactive for two games started by Watson and when he was active, was given fewer snaps/targets than undrafted free agent Bruce Ellington.

C.J. Fiedorowicz
News
Fiedorowicz (concussion) acknowledged Friday that he's considering retirement, Joe Stevenson of the Crystal Lake Northwest Herald reports.

After a breakout 2016 campaign, the 26-year-old tight end inked a three-year, $21.5 million contract last August and entered 2017 with the expectation of filling a prominent role in the Houston passing attack. That never came to fruition, however, as Fiedorowicz sustained a concussion in the preseason and then two more head injuries over five regular-season appearances before he was moved to injured reserve in early December. Though Fiedorowicz said he feels great and has resumed working out, the prospect of sustaining another concussion has left him hesitant to keep his career going. Expect Fiedorowicz to take the next couple months to decide his future before relaying his intentions to the Texans prior to the start of the team's offseason program.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 (Achilles) was dismissed from all charges pertaining to his July 2017 arrest in Austin, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Foreman was arrested last summer on the University of Texas campus on charges of marijuana possession and unlawful carrying of a weapon. However, the passenger in Foreman's car took responsibility for the former and Foreman tested clean of any drug use. The NFL reportedly said it won't undertake any disciplinary action should these pending charges be dismissed, so Foreman looks to be in the clear. He can now focus his attention on rehabbing the ruptured Achilles he suffered last November, which is expected to be fully healed in time for the 2018 season.

Injury
Achilles - Questionable for the start of training camp
Troymaine Pope
News
The Texans signed Pope to a reserve/future contract Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Pope latched on with the Texans' practice squad in November but was never summoned to the 53-man roster. The team will take a longer look at the Jacksonville State product during its offseason program, but Pope doesn't have a great chance of cracking the roster out of training camp this summer.

Zach Conque
No Updates
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) is inactive for Sunday's tilt against the Colts.

Lamm was a full participant in practice Friday but failed to clear the concussion protocol in time for the game. Chad Slade has filled in for him the past couple weeks and likely will once again.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jordan Todman
News
Todman (shoulder) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Colts.

Todman sustained the injury in Monday's loss to the Steelers and was a non-participant at practice all week. The 27-year-old has not seen an offensive snap this season.

Injury
Shoulder - Questionable for the start of training camp
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
The Texans placed Moore (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday.

Moore was looking at a multiweek recovery timeline after suffering a Grade 2 MCL sprain in Monday's 34-6 loss to the Steelers, so the Texans decided to shut him down in order to open up a roster spot ahead of the regular-season finale against the Colts. The team signed quarterback Josh Johnson in a corresponding move to offer additional depth under center. Primarily a special-teams contributor for the Texans, Moore finishes his third NFL season with 27 tackles (20 solo) and one pass breakup across 14 games.

Injury
Knee - MCL - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Montay Crockett
No Updates
Kareem Jackson
News
Jackson recorded three solo tackles, one pass breakup and one interception Sunday against the Jaguars.

Jackson played 58 of 70 defensive snaps Sunday. The veteran corner hasn't been logging many tackles lately, with just nine in his last three games, and with a matchup against the run-happy Jags, the trend likely will continue. Jags QB Blake Bortles has thrown only one pick in his last three games, which hurts Jackson's chances of creating value in other ways.

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 officially released Cushing on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

The transaction was a formality after the Texans informed the Cushing two days earlier that they would part ways with him before the start of the new league year. While Cushing missed 10 games due to suspension last season, rookies Zach Cunningham and Dylan Cole proved to be capable options at inside linebacker, which likely contributed heavily to the Texans' decision to cut the veteran.

Alfred Blue
News
Blue rushed 18 times for 39 yards, scored his first touchdown of the season, and added 36 receiving yards on four catches in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts.

There were limited options on offense Sunday, as DeAndre Hopkins (calf) was inactive and Will Fuller (knee) was removed from the game early. That led to a bunch of opportunities for Blue, who had a season-high 22 touches and a team-high five targets. Blue finished the season on a positive note, averaging 15 carries and 67 yards over the final three weeks, out-touching and out-gaining starter Lamar Miller. That should be viewed in perspective. The Texans' season was over a several weeks ago, so they didn't want to expose Miller to injury. 2017 was the final year on Blue's contract, so his late-season surge should leave a good impression on prospective employers in 2018, including the Texans.

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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
Taylor Heinicke
News
Heinicke (concussion) was a full participant at the Texans' practice Thursday.

Heinicke was unable to return to Monday's loss to the Steelers after sustaining the concussion and was a limited participant at practice Wednesday. The full session hardly means the 24-year-old has cleared the concussion protocol, however, and Friday's practice should provide clarity to the situation.

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 (biceps) said Wednesday that he received full medical clearance for football activities, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.

Covington was shut down after for the season after tearing his biceps in a Week 8 loss to the Seahawks, finishing the 2017 campaign with 16 tackles (10 solo), one sack and one forced fumble across seven games (two starts). After having completed his rehab process following surgery to repair his biceps, Covington shouldn't face any limitations when the Texans' offseason program begins in the spring. Look for Covington to work in a rotational role along the defensive line in 2018, the final year of his rookie deal.

Chunky Clements
News
Clements was signed to the Texans' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Clements was released from Houston's 53-man roster during the practice week to make room for quarterback Taylor Heinicke, who was promoted from the practice squad to backup T.J. Yates this week against the Jaguars. After clearing waivers Friday, Clements was quickly re-signed by the Texans.

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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 underwent successful surgery on his ankle Tuesday and is expected to be at full strength entering the 2018 season, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The center was placed on injured reserve last week due to what Texans head coach Bill O'Brien called a "pretty serious" ankle issue. Martin previously missed the entire 2016 season after requiring surgery on his ankle.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for the start of training camp
MyCole Pruitt
News
Pruitt (calf) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

Pruitt was inactive for Sunday's loss to the Jaguars and will now be sidelined for the final two games of the year as the Texans decided to pull the plug on the 25-year-old's season. Pruitt played in just one game for the Texans, logging 13 offensive snaps.

Injury
Calf - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.

Jelani Jenkins
News
Jenkins won't return to Sunday's game against the Colts due to a hamstring injury.

Jenkins has played in just six games this season, recording 11 tackles. The fifth-year pro only played more than 15 defensive snaps twice in those games, so he doesn't leave many defensive snaps in his absence.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Lamar Miller
News
Miller had eight carries for 37 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts.

For the second consecutive week, Miller had fewer touches than backup Alfred Blue, but given the current state of the Texans' season, we don't see this as anything other than Houston taking it easy on Miller. The 26-year-old back finished with 888 yards and a career-low 3.7 yards per carry. The offensive line had problems generating holes for him all season, but that wasn't a problem when Deshaun Watson (knee) was healthy. In the seven games Watson played, Miller averaged 89 yards from scrimmage and scored four touchdowns (two rushing, two receiving). Over the final nine games without the rookie quarterback, he averaged 66 yards and scored twice. The offense in 2018 should revolve around Watson and the passing game, which will lead to more production out of Miller.

Jake Rodgers
News
Rodgers was signed to the Texans' practice squad, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Rodgers has bounced around the fringes of the NFL since he was a seventh-round draft pick of the Falcons in 2015. He's since been with the Giants, Panthers, Steelers and Chargers.

Deshaun Watson
News
Watson (knee) resumed running Monday, per his personal Twitter account.

Since the end of the regular season, head coach Bill O'Brien has stated multiple times that Watson is ahead of schedule in his recovery from a torn right ACL suffered in practice Nov. 2. Watson was handed a timetable of 8-to-9 months, which could allow for participation at the outset of training camp. He appears to be eyeing that as a goal, according to Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com. "Training camp is a guarantee," Watson said last week on Sports Radio 610. "I am making sure I am ready for training camp for sure. ... The more reps I can get during OTAs, during the summer and during training camp is going to be very, very helpful, not just for me but for the whole team. OTAs is the main focus right now." Watson's rehab will continue to be a hot topic after a stellar rookie season in which he tossed for 1,699 yards and 19 touchdowns versus eight interceptions in seven games.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Questionable for the start of training camp
Andre Ellington
News
Ellington had two carries for five yards and six catches on nine targets for 72 yards in four games with the Texans.

Ellington began the 2017 season as a pass-catching specialist for the Cardinals and had some productive games early. His name was mentioned as a possible fill-in when David Johnson suffered a season-ending wrist injury in Week 1. However, the Cardinals went to great lengths to avoid using Ellington in the RB rotation. The 28-year-old was eventually released and landed with the Texans for the final weeks of the season. There were opportunities for Ellington as a receiver in Houston due to injuries at wideout, and he played 47 snaps in his Week 13 debut. However, as the injury situation improved, Ellington was limited to just 22 snaps over the final four weeks. The Texans are already set at running back with Lamar Miller and D'Onta Foreman. If Alfred Blue returns to the fold, there will be little room for Ellington.

Zach Cunningham
News
Cunningham had a team-high 10 tackles and three passes defensed in Monday's 34-6 loss to Pittsburgh.

Cunningham is second on the Texans with 78 tackles and has emerged as a three-down linebacker. The rookie out of Vanderbilt has played larger than his frame suggests, getting most of his snaps at inside linebacker. He and Bernardrick McKinney will be part of Houston's defensive interior for years to come.

Richard Leonard
Injury
Josh Johnson
News
The Texans signed Johnson to a contract Wednesday.

The re-signing of Johnson, who previously served as a third-string quarterback for Houston for two weeks in November before being released, suggests the team isn't confident backup signal caller Taylor Heinicke (concussion) will be available for the regular-season finale in Indianapolis. If that's the case, Johnson would be active for the first time all season as the No. 2 quarterback behind starter T.J. Yates.

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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jevoni Robinson
No Updates
Ka'imi Fairbairn
News
Fairbairn made both of his field-goal attempts and lone extra-point kick in Sundays' 22-13 loss to Indianapolis.

Fairbairn booted field goals from 52 and 46 yards, and finished the season with 92 points. When Deshaun Watson (knee) was healthy, Fairbairn became a productive scorer, but his output suffered after the quarterback's season-ending injury. He's got a long leg, making nine of 11 from beyond 40 yards, including three of four from outside 50, and should improve in 2018 if Watson comes back healthy and is as productive as he was in 2017.

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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
Ryan Malleck
News
Malleck was promoted to the Texans' 53-man roster Saturday.

Malleck joined Houston's practice squad in late November, and will make his NFL debut as the team's No. 2 tight end with Stephen Anderson the only other tight end on the roster not on injured reserve. The 24-year-old doesn't provide much fantasy intrigue given the Texans' abysmal quarterback situation.

Bruce Ellington
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Ellington (hamstring) finished the 2017 season with 29 receptions and 330 receiving yards in 11 games for the Texans.

Ellington sustained the hamstring injury against the Titans in Week 13 and landed on injured reserve shortly thereafter, but still finished third on the team in receptions. The 26-year-old enters 2018 as a restricted free agent, and the Texans' plans at wide receiver don't appear solidified behind top options DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for the start of training camp
Jadeveon Clowney
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Clowney (knee) won't participate in the 2018 Pro Bowl, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The decision was fully expected after it was revealed last week that Clowney would require a minor arthroscopic procedure on his knee. He's expected to be ready for the start of the Texans' offseason program in the spring.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Dee Virgin
No Updates
Will Fuller
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Fuller is scheduled to have a minor procedure on his knee in the near future, John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reports.

In the four games Fuller was active before Deshaun Watson's fateful ACL tear, the wideout was a touchdown machine, hauling in seven among his 13 receptions. Otherwise, Fuller didn't reach the end zone in a season in which he suffered a trio of injuries. The most-recent concern forced him to the sideline in the season finale, but with knee concerns rearing their head throughout his first two years in the NFL, he'll undergo surgery in the early days of the offseason. Fuller is expected to be a "full go" in a couple weeks, according to McClain.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Darius Kilgo
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Kilgo signed a reserve/future contract with the Texans on Tuesday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Denver Post reports.

Kilgo failed to find a home in 2017 after spending the previous season on the Patriots' practice squad. The 26-year-old also spent time with the Broncos in 2015. He'll now look to solidify a spot on Texans' 53-man roster in 2018.

D.J. Reader
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The Texans placed Reader on injured reserve Tuesday due to a sprained knee, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It wasn't originally known why Reader was shut down for the Texans' final two contests, but Wilson's report provides clarity on the situation. Reader won't require surgery to address the injury and should be a full participant in the Texans' offseason program.

Injury
Knee - Questionable for the start of training camp
Stephen Anderson
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Anderson finished the 2017 season with career highs in catches (25), targets (52), yards (342) and snaps (441).

Injuries to Ryan Griffin (concussion) and C.J. Fiedorowicz (concussion) led to Anderson being the lone healthy tight end over the final five games of the season. That jacked up his offensive snaps, but he was unable to make an impact with the opportunity. Some of that had to do with inferior quarterback play, but his snap count decreased in each successive game, going from a season-high of 68 in Week 13 to bottoming out at 22 in Week 17. His strength is as a receiver, so with sketchy quarterback play, Anderson was not in a position to succeed. And his talents as a blocker aren't up to snuff. The second-year tight end is expected to be back with the team in 2018, however, the status of Griffin/Fiedorowicz -- each have had multiple concussions -- is uncertain. If the Texans move on from the injured duo, it's likely they'll look for starting tight end in free agency, keeping Anderson in a backup role.

Kevin Johnson
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Johnson (knee) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Colts.

Johnson suffered a bruised knee in Monday's loss to the Steelers and was a limited participant in practice this week. The 25-year-old's 2017 season has been marred by injuries and sub-par performance, as he's graded as the NFL's second-worst cornerback through Week 16, per Pro Football Focus.

Ibraheim Campbell
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Campbell was promoted to the Texans' active roster Tuesday.

Campbell joined the practice squad last week after the Browns released him earlier in the season due to a hamstring injury. Now healthy, the safety will look to carve out a role on defense or special teams for Houston's final two games of the season.

Marcus Williams
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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.

Marcus Hardison
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Hardison (shoulder), who ended the season on injured reserve, is now healthy, Cincinnati.com reports.

Despite entering his third season in the league, Hardison is yet to see the field in a regular-season game. However, now that he's back to full strength, the former fourth-rounder could work his way into the Bengals' defensive line rotation ahead of the 2017 campaign after the release of incumbent starter Domata Peko.

Julie'n Davenport
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Davenport is expected to start at left tackle Week 16 against the Steelers, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

It will be a tough spot for the rookie from Bucknell, who will be making his first start of the season against the league's fifth-ranked passing defense. Davenport will be filling in for Kendall Lamm (concussion).

Tyler Ervin
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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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
Josh Thornton
No Updates
Chris Thompson
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Thompson caught all three of his targets for a team-high 54 yards in Sunday's 22-13 loss to the Colts.

Thompson was already moved up the depth chart for the game when DeAndre Hopkins (calf) was made inactive, then moved up another notch when Will Fuller was removed due to a knee injury. The undrafted free agent made more of an impact as a kick returner in 2017 and should be in the mix for the same job next season, if the Texans bring him back in 2018.

Breno Giacomini
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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
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The Texans promoted Quessenberry from the practice squad Tuesday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.

A sixth-round draft pick of the Texans in 2013, Quessenberry has yet to make his NFL debut, with a prolonged battle with cancer primarily responsible for disrupting his career. After being declared cancer-free earlier this year, Quessenberry was able to resume his career and looks like he'll now get his long-awaited opportunity to play for Houston over its final two games. He'll likely serve in a depth role at guard.

Whitney Mercilus
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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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
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 - Questionable for the start of training camp
J.J. Watt
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Watt (leg) resumed running in mid-January and remains on track to return in time for training camp, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

Watt underwent surgery in October to repair a tibial plateau fracture in his left leg and still has significant work to do in the recovery process. There remains an outside chance that the 28-year-old could return for Organized Team Activities this spring, but the Texans are likely to express extreme caution with the return of their franchise defensive lineman.

Injury
Lower Leg - Questionable for the start of training camp
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.