Player News - Texans

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Lamar Miller (ankle, ribs) was not listed on the final injury report for Week 14 against the Colts.

Miller was limited in practice all week, but there does not seem to be any question about his status. While the risk of an in-game injury is a concern, Miller should have a healthy workload in a great matchup if he can stay on the field. That makes him a high-end RB2 with upside against the Colts.
Dec 11 - 8:01 AM

Texans placed WR Jaelen Strong (ankle) on season-ending injured reserve.

CB Denzel Rice was signed in a corresponding move. Strong has been sidelined since Week 8 with an ankle injury. The 2015 third-rounder has just 28 catches in two seasons. He will compete with Braxton Miller for a role during the offseason program.
Dec 10 - 1:19 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien called Jonathan Grimes a "situational player."

Grimes averaged a healthy 8.6 yards on five carries last week against the Packers with most of those runs converting long third downs, but it does not look like he is headed for a bigger workload. "If there's a bunch of situational plays in the game, he's going to come up big for us," O'Brien said. "He's come up big for us on third down. He does certain things on first and second down, two-minute drill. I mean the guy does a little bit of everything for us and that's a guy that is very valuable to a pro football team." Grimes is not going to get enough work to become fantasy relevant, but his healthy return seems to have knocked Akeem Hunt out of the rotation.
Dec 10 - 11:13 AM

Texans CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs, questionable) said "pain toleration" will determine if he can play Week 14 against the Colts.

Joseph did not practice all week, but coach Bill O'Brien said there is a "remote possibility" he will be able to play. Joseph plans to "give it a shot" in pregame warmups, but it seems unlikely he suits up. Kareem Jackson will likely get the start if Joseph sits.
Dec 10 - 11:04 AM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (back) is expected to play in Week 14 against the Colts.

Cushing has a questionable tag, but he's going to keep gutting out two broken bones in his back. Despite the injury, Cushing has been having a solid season, making an impact in run support and not getting embarrassed in pass coverage.
Dec 9 - 4:00 PM

Braxton Miller (shoulder) is out for Week 14 against the Colts.

He's dealing with a sprained shoulder and is week to week. Tyler Ervin (ribs), Tom Savage (elbow) and Jaelen Strong (ankle) have also been ruled out for Sunday. Miller has been a non-factor this year with just 15 catches for 99 yards and one touchdown over 10 appearances.
Dec 9 - 3:57 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said there is a "remote possibility" CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs, questionable) will play in Week 14 against the Colts.

He hasn't practiced yet this week and looks like a long shot for Sunday. With Joseph's status in doubt, Kareem Jackson will likely start opposite A.J. Bouye in Week 14. This has the makings of another big week for T.Y. Hilton.
Dec 9 - 2:53 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, wrist) said he will play this week against the Colts.

Clowney sat out last week's game against the Packers, but he is on track to play against Indy after returning to practice Thursday. "I feel good. I feel good enough to go," Clowney said. "Yeah, I'll be out there." With CB Johnathan Joseph expected to sit with an injury to his ribs, the Texans will need Clowney to get after Andrew Luck on Sunday.
Dec 9 - 8:46 AM

Will Fuller (hip) was a full participant at Thursday's practice.

It's an upgrade after being limited on Wednesday. Fuller has shown signs of life recently with 119 yards on nine catches over his last two games. He'll carry a six-game touchdown drought into Sunday's matchup with Indianapolis.
Dec 8 - 4:32 PM

Lamar Miller (ankle, ribs) remained limited at Thursday's practice.

He injured his rib early in Week 13 but only missed a handful of plays. With injuries and workload concerns mounting, Miller should be treated as an RB2 Sunday against Indianapolis.
Dec 8 - 4:25 PM

Jadeveon Clowney (elbow, wrist) returned to Texans practice Thursday.

It's far from a guarantee that he will return against the Colts, but it at least gives him a chance. If Clowney does play through his pair of injuries, he'll probably be on a snap count.
Dec 8 - 1:34 PM

Texans ILB Brian Cushing (back, ankle) acknowledged that he's been playing with two broken bones in his back.

"Obviously, it's painful, and I'm not able to get as many reps as I want in practice right now," said Cushing. "But I'll be out there Sunday with my team." It's unclear when Cushing suffered the injury. He was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's practice. Cushing holds PFF's 44th-best inside linebacker grade out of 59 qualifiers this year.
Dec 7 - 7:14 PM

Lamar Miller (ankle, ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Miller only missed a few series with his rib injury last week. The Texans are managing his reps. Miller has a get-right matchup with the Colts in Week 14.
Dec 7 - 4:41 PM

Will Fuller (hip) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

Fuller played through the injury last week. It shouldn't keep him out of Sunday's game. Fuller is an upside WR4 against the Colts.
Dec 7 - 4:36 PM

Texans QB Tom Savage remains sidelined with an infected right elbow.

That's on his throwing arm. Savage didn't practice Wednesday after being hospitalized over the weekend. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle said Savage is "making progress" but wouldn't give any specifics. Brandon Weeden served as Brock Osweiler's backup last week against the Packers.
Dec 7 - 4:36 PM


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