Texans coach Bill O'Brien said Friday that Cecil Shorts (shoulder) has a better chance to return than Nate Washington (hamstring) in Week 6 against the Jaguars.
O'Brien only said Shorts "might" play against Jacksonville, however, indicating that it's possible the Texans could continue to be without their Nos. 2 and 3 receivers. If you're expecting DeAndre Hopkins' absurd target totals to "regress," you can go ahead and stop that now.
Texans coach Bill O'Brien said OLB Jadeveon Clowney (foot) should be fine for Week 6 against the Jaguars.
Clowney was seen wearing a walking boot on his right foot after Thursday's loss to Indianapolis but O'Brien insists the injury isn't serious. The former No. 1 overall pick has earned PFF's sixth-highest 3-4 outside linebacker grade out of 48 qualifiers this season.
Travis Kelce (groin) is probable for Week 5 against the Bears.
Kelce was added to the injury report Wednesday but hasn't missed any practice time. Among tight ends, only Rob Gronkowski has produced most yards this season. He's an every-week TE1.
Albert Wilson (shoulder) is listed as questionable for Week 5.
Wilson was a limited practice participant all week. He was also limited-questionable last week, and did not suit up against the Bengals. Even when healthy, Wilson may have been passed by rookie Chris Conley.
Michael Crabtree (ankle) is probable for Week 5 against the Broncos.
He missed Wednesday's practice with an ankle injury but returned the following day. Crabtree has enjoyed a renaissance year. Right now, he's on pace for his first 1,000-yard season since 2012.
Titans GM Ruston Webster expects rookie Dorial Green-Beckham to play "more and more" as the season moves along.
The Titans are coming off a Week 4 bye, which should have served as an opportunity for Ken Whisenhunt to upgrade Green-Beckham's involvement, and reduce the perennially ineffective Harry Douglas'. On Friday, Webster called Green-Beckham "clearly a difficult matchup for people." With Marcus Mariota showing very well, Green-Beckham has WR2 upside for the fantasy stretch run.
Latavius Murray (shoulder) is probable for Week 5 against the Broncos.
He's been limited at practice this week. Denver has allowed the eighth-fewest rushing yards in the league on a per game basis, which certainly lowers Murray's ceiling for Week 5.
Coach Bill O'Brien announced Friday that the Texans will move forward with Brian Hoyer as their starting quarterback.
A week too late, of course. Ryan Mallett was so bad that he isn't even worth discussing in this space. Hoyer has at least shown signs of being able to generate offense, compiling a 5:2 TD-to-INT ratio through three appearances (one start) while completing over 62 percent of his throws. He gives the Texans their best chance to get the ball consistently to DeAndre Hopkins, which at this stage is Houston's lone means of passing offense. Hoyer should be scooped up in two-quarterback leagues with Jacksonville, Miami, and Tennessee's weak defenses next up on the schedule before a Week 9 bye.