Houston Texans

Stadium: NRG Stadium | Coach: Bill O'Brien
Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th114.9 (13th)231.1 (17th)
Defense20th104.5 (10th)241.8 (26th)
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79Allen, Jeff G6-43051/8/19906Illinois
89Anderson, Stephen TE6-32301/30/19932California
97Blackson, Angelo DT6-431811/14/19923Auburn
28Blue, Alfred RB6-22254/27/19914LSU
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
8Heinicke, Taylor QB6-12103/15/19933Old Dominion
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
4Watson, Deshaun (IR) QB6-22159/14/1995RClemson
12Ellington, Bruce (IR) WR5-92008/22/19914South Carolina
16Gray, Deante' (IR) WR5-101742/27/1994RTCU
27Foreman, D'Onta (IR) RB6-02354/24/1996RTexas
34Ervin, Tyler (IR) RB5-1018010/7/19932San Jose State
57Scarlett, Brennan (IR) OLB6-42657/31/19932Stanford
59Mercilus, Whitney (IR) OLB6-42607/21/19906Illinois
69Godin, Matt (IR) DE6-62959/30/1993RMichigan
74Clark, Chris (IR) T6-530510/1/19859Southern Mississippi
84Griffin, Ryan (IR) TE6-62551/11/19905Connecticut
87Fiedorowicz, C.J. (IR) TE6-526510/22/19914Iowa
95Covington, Christian (IR) DE6-229010/16/19933Rice
99Watt, J.J. (IR) DE6-52903/22/19897Wisconsin
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
Practice Squad
 Campbell, Ibraheim FS5-112085/13/19923Northwestern
 Clements, Chunky DT6-229512/3/1994RIllinois
 Gilchrist, Kennan LB6-12309/16/1994RAppalachian State
 Johnson, Dorian G6-530510/21/1994RPittsburgh
37Jones, Bryce DB6-01808/20/1994RAkron
 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
White caught one of six targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to San Francisco.

A little more than a week after he was signed to Houston's practice squad, White served as the team's third wideout Sunday, surprisingly moving ahead of Chris Thompson, who has been on the Texans' main roster since Week 4. Houston is lacking depth at wide receiver, so there could be some opportunities for White between now and the end of the season. However, those chances will come after DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller get their targets, leaving White a huge gamble heading into Week 15 against the Jaguars, the NFL's best defense against the pass (174.2 YPG).

Benardrick McKinney
McKinney (hip) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.

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

Tom Savage
Savage (concussion), who is inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, isn't expected to play again this season, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.

Though Savage has indicated that he's feeling better after suffering the head injury in a scary scene during the Texans' Week 14 loss to the 49ers and has a chance to pass all phases of the protocol before the final two games of the season, Houston seemingly has little to gain by having the quarterback suit up. The Texans drew criticism for the way they responded to Savage suffering the concussion last week, as he was briefly allowed to return to the contest before being pulled after throwing two incomplete passes. Since the NFL and NFLPA is continuing to review the Texans' handling of the matter and Savage is scheduled to become a free agent this offseason, the team will likely just allow the quarterback to recuperate and proceed with T.J. Yates as its new starting signal caller.

Concussion - Inactive for Week 15 at Jacksonville
Andre Hal
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
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
Allen won't return to Sunday's game against the Jags with a concussion, Sarah Barshop of ESPN.com reports.

In Allen's absence, Chad Slade will likely slot in at right guard.

Concussion - Questionable for Week 16 vs. Pittsburgh
T.J. Yates
Yates completed 12 of 31 pass attempts for 128 yards, one touchdown and one interception during Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Jaguars.

Yates struggled to get going against the ferocious Jacksonville defense and had just 31 yards to his name at the half. He connected a couple of times with DeAndre Hopkins as the latter capped off an 81-yard drive with a touchdown in the third quarter, but that represented all of the scoring the visitors would do on the day. Yates fared much better in his season debut against a lesser 49ers defense, but his performance against a quality opponent this week doesn't bode well for next Monday's game against the Steelers.

DeAndre Hopkins
Hopkins caught four of 13 targets for 80 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Jaguars.

Hopkins was shaking off a toe injury and faced a difficult matchup, which explains his inefficiency on the day. He still managed to produce a respectable performance, however, thanks to a drive in the third quarter on which he hauled in a 40-yard pass before finding the end zone from 25 yards out. This outing goes to show Hopkins' talent is immense enough to overcome both a difficult matchup and substandard quarterback play, making him a top-notch fantasy piece once again next Monday against the Steelers.

LaTroy Lewis
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
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
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
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
Miller (concussion) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

With T.J. Yates starting at quarterback for the Texans on Sunday, Miller may have struggled to make a notable impact as the club's No. 3 wideout even if he had suited up. DeAndrew White is likely to fill that role in Week 15 after catching one of his six targets for 24 yards in last week's loss to the 49ers.

Concussion - Inactive for Week 15 at Jacksonville
C.J. Fiedorowicz
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.

Concussion - Injured Reserve
Brandon Dunn
Dunn has been waived by the Texans.

Dunn recorded three combined tackles in two games played for the Texans this season.

D'Onta Foreman
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.

Achilles - Injured Reserve
Troymaine Pope
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
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
Lamm (concussion) was ruled out of Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Lamm sustained the concussion in Sunday's loss to the 49ers and did not progress through the concussion protocol this week. The 25-year-old was slated to return to a reserve role regardless, with Julien Davenport (shoulder) shedding his injury designation.

Concussion - Inactive for Week 15 at Jacksonville
Johnathan Joseph
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
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.

Foot - Injured Reserve
Jordan Todman
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
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
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
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
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 will likely continue. Jags QB Blake Bortles has only thrown one pick in his last three games, which hurts Jackson's chances of creating value in other ways.

Angelo Blackson
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
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
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
Cushing returned from a 10-game suspension and had five tackles, including half a sack, in Week 14's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

Cushing was at strong-side outside linebacker. That's not his usual position, but one that could lead to more sacks for the eight-year veteran, who has spent most of his career at inside linebacker.

Alfred Blue
Blue carried 12 times for 55 yards and failed to bring in his only target during Sunday's 45-7 win loss to the Jaguars.

Blue set new season highs in touches and rushing yardage, thanks in large part to the lopsided nature of the game. He out-touched starter Lamar Miller and easily topped Miller's 3.6 yards per carry, but neither back was put in a position to succeed as the offense floundered under T.J. Yates. Blue could remain involved for the 4-10 Texans next week against the Steelers, but it's difficult to imagine him receiving enough meaningful work to post significant fantasy returns.

Xavier Su'a-Filo
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
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.

Knee - Physically Unable to Perform
Taylor Heinicke
Heinicke has been promoted to the 53-man roster, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Heinicke will back up T.J. Yates this week against the Jaguars. This move has been in the works all week and became finalized when the Texans confirmed Tom Savage (concussion) would be unavailable.

Greg Mancz
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
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
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.

Biceps - Injured Reserve
Chunky Clements
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 back up 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
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.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Treston Decoud
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.

Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 15 at Jacksonville
Nick Martin
Martin sustained what may have been a severe ankle injury in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Head coach Bill O'Brien said that it looked like a "pretty serious injury," and more specifics should come forth as the week begins to unfold. Martin was carted to the locker room, and with only two weeks left in the season and the Texans already eliminated from the playoffs, his 2017 season could be over.

Ankle - Doubtful for Week 16 vs. Pittsburgh
MyCole Pruitt
Pruitt (calf) is listed as inactive for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Pruitt was looking to play his second game of the season, but Stephen Anderson will once again be the sole tight end on Houston's roster. Regardless, Pruitt likely wouldn't have had much of a ceiling against the Jags, who have been the fifth-stingiest against tight ends this season.

Calf - Inactive for Week 15 at Jacksonville
Cobi Hamilton
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
Jenkins (concussion) was ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Jenkins has not practiced since suffering the concussion in Week 13 and has no real timetable for his return. Dylan Cole and Brian Peters should serve as reserve inside linebackers for the Texans on Sunday.

Concussion - Inactive for Week 15 at Jacksonville
Lamar Miller
Miller carried nine times for 32 yards and caught two of four targets for one additional yard during Sunday's 45-7 loss to the Jaguars.

Miller managed just 3.6 yards per carry against a stout Jaguars front and was a virtual non factor in the passing game. He recorded his fewest number of touches and scrimmage yards on the season, in part due to the lopsided nature of the contest. Miller's weekly ceiling for production is seemingly shrinking as the offense continues to sputter, making him a risky play next week against the Steelers in a game the Texans are expected to trail.

Deshaun Watson
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.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Andre Ellington
Ellington (knee) doesn't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Jaguars after practicing fully Friday.

The same applies to fellow running back Alfred Blue (concussion), so Ellington is in line to have have some company in the Texans' backfield mix behind starter Lamar Miller (knee). In that capacity, neither Ellington nor Blue represent high-percentage fantasy plays against the Jaguars defense that has allowed just six rushing scores through 13 games.

Zach Cunningham
Cunningham had a team-leading nine tackles and half a sack in Sunday's 26-16 loss to San Francisco.

Cunningham recorded a sack for the second straight week and played all 73 defensive snaps. The rookie remained at inside linebacker despite the return of veteran Brian Cushing from a 10-game suspension. He's tied for second on the team with 62 tackles (32 solo, 30 assists), which is good for him, but on the low end for linebackers (52nd).

Richard Leonard
Ryan Griffin
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.

Concussion - Injured Reserve
Ka'imi Fairbairn
Fairbairn missed an extra-point kick and a field-goal attempt in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

Fairbairn has missed four kicks (three FGA, one XPA) over the last two weeks, including a couple of field-goal tries inside the 50-yard line in last week's loss to the Titans. Head coach Bill O'Brien gave his beleaguered kicker a vote of confidence following the loss to the Titans and will no doubt have to answer questions this week about the former Lou Groza award winner out of UCLA. At this point, replacing the kicker is not going to matter much. The 4-9 Texans are still in the hunt for a postseason berth, but their chances are at less than one percent entering Week 15 against Jacksonville's top-ranked scoring defense (15.5 PPG).

Ben Heeney
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.

Undisclosed - Injured Reserve
Chris Clark
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.

Ankle - Injured Reserve
Ryan Malleck
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
Ellington (hamstring) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.

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 receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Braxton Miller (concussion), Chris Thompson and versatile running back Andre Ellington remain on hand, but ideally, from the Texans' perspective, Will Fuller (ribs) will be able to return sooner rather than later.

Hamstring - Injured Reserve
Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney (knee/illness) is active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Clowney avoided missing his first game of the season despite not practicing at all in the prior week. He won't have to worry about Jags RB Leonard Fournette (ankle) who is inactive, and he'll look to get after QB Blake Bortles. Clowney was unable to bring down Bortles in their Week 1 matchup.

Dee Virgin
No Updates
Will Fuller
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
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
Anderson caught two of six targets for 16 yards in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

Anderson is the last tight end standing after Ryan Griffin and C.J. Fiedorowicz have ended up on injured reserve with concussions. The second-year tight end has been targeted 18 times (seven catches) for 95 yards and a touchdown over the last two games. He'll be the starter from here on out, but with shaky quarterback play, Anderson's an iffy proposition for Week 15 against the Jaguars' top-ranked passing defense.

Kevin Johnson
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).

Ibraheim Campbell
The Texans signed Campbell to their practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Browns waived Campbell off injured reserve in November, but after fully recovering from a hamstring issue, he was able to find a new home in Houston. Prior to being shelved by the Browns, Campbell made eight appearances, compiling 16 tackles (13 solo).

Marcus Williams
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
Davenport (shoulder) won't carry an injury designation into Sunday's game against the Jaguars.

Davenport hadn't seen game action since Week 10 but is now slated to make his return. The 22-year-old is likely to start at left tackle for the Texans with Kendall Lamm out with a concussion.

Tyler Ervin
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.

Knee - Injured Reserve
Josh Thornton
No Updates
Chris Thompson
Thompson exclusively played special teams in Sunday's 26-16 loss to the 49ers.

Thompson was expected to have a role in the Texans offense in some form with receivers Bruce Ellington (hamstring) on injured reserve and Braxton Miller (concussion) inactive, but DeAndrew White saw exclusive snaps as the team's No. 3 receiver Sunday. Thompson has only two receptions for 30 yards on the season and hasn't seen consistent targets, even in his most involved offensive games.

Breno Giacomini
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
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
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.

Pectoral - Injured Reserve
Deante' Gray
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.

Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
J.J. Watt
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.

Lower Leg - Injured Reserve
Ufomba Kamalu
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.

Coach's Decision - Inactive for Week 15 at Jacksonville
Carlos Watkins
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.