Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Andre Johnson (head) is listed as probable for Week 16 against the Ravens.

Johnson's outlook is improved by DeAndre Hopkins' (ankle) likely absence, but hurt by Case Keenum's insertion at quarterback. He's a risky WR3 play.
Dec 19 - 4:16 PM

DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) missed his third straight day of practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Week 16.

Coach Bill O'Brien continues to call Hopkins a game-time decision, but it's not looking good for him to play against the Ravens. It's probably just as well with Case Keenum at quarterback and Andre Johnson (concussion, probable) returning to siphon targets. Hopkins would've been a high-risk WR3 play.
Dec 19 - 4:12 PM

Texans ILB Mike Mohamed (concussion) has been ruled out for Week 16.

Mohamed is not a well-known player, but he quietly overtook Brian Cushing as the Texans' best inside linebacker this year. Mohamed's run defense stood out on tape in recent weeks. This is a Week 16 matchup boost for Justin Forsett.
Dec 19 - 2:14 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are leaning toward starting Case Keenum at quarterback for Week 16 against the Ravens.

As expected. Keenum simply knows the offense better as a whole than Thad Lewis. Keenum spent the summer with the Texans, while Lewis was signed just a few weeks ago. Neither Keenum nor Lewis would be on the fantasy radar. The Ravens may have a suspect secondary, but they have a dominant pass rush.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 19 - 10:10 AM

Arian Foster (hip) returned to Texans practice Thursday, getting in a limited session.

Foster's Week 16 availability isn't believed to be in doubt. Even against the Ravens' stingy run defense, he's a high-end RB1 for the fantasy finals.
Dec 18 - 6:01 PM

The Texans consider DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) a game-time decision for Week 16.

Hopkins missed Wednesday and Thursday's practices. The "game-time decision" label should be taken with a grain of salt, as Texans coach Bill O'Brien fancies himself a spymaster, and would apply the GTD tag to a player even if they were only battling a cold. For now, owners need to sit tight and wait for more information to emerge. A back-up plan is definitely in order.
Dec 18 - 4:08 PM

Garrett Graham (high-ankle sprain) is expected to remain sidelined for Week 16.

The disappointing tight end has likely played his final snap of 2014.
Dec 18 - 4:05 PM

Andre Johnson has passed the concussion protocol.

He got in a "full" practice on Thursday. Johnson ends up missing one game due to his brain injury. He returns in a plus matchup against the Ravens' brutal corners, but will have to deal with Case Keenum at quarterback. Both Johnson and DeAndre Hopkins are risky WR3 types.
Dec 18 - 12:26 PM

CBS' Jason La Canfora says "every expectation" is that Case Keenum will start Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Bill O'Brien isn't tipping his hand between Keenum and Thad Lewis. But Keenum makes more sense as he was with the team throughout the offseason program and training camp before losing his backup job to Tom Savage and Ryan Mallett. However, Keenum was brutal in four preseason games going 28-of-52 (53.8%) for 254 yards (4.88 YPA) with zero touchdowns and two interceptions, good for a 51.3 passer rating. He's not even a two-quarterback league option against a Ravens defense that can cover their secondary woes with a swarming front seven.
Dec 18 - 9:51 AM

Bill O'Brien is declining to announce his Week 16 starter at quarterback.

It will either be Case Keenum or Thad Lewis. "I'm going to keep that one close to the vest," O'Brien said Wednesday. "Both these guys, Case and Thad, are out there working hard. Right up until game time, that's going to be the way it is." It sounds like he's going to try to keep the Ravens in the dark until Sunday morning. All Texans are hands off in fantasy Super Bowls.
Dec 18 - 8:40 AM

DeAndre Hopkins (ankle) did not practice Wednesday.

Hopkins played all 72 snaps in Sunday's loss, so it's not clear when he suffered the injury. With Andre Johnson returning this week and Thad Lewis or Case Keenum expected to start, Hopkins should be avoided as a fantasy option.
Dec 17 - 5:50 PM

Arian Foster (hip) did not practice Wednesday.

The Texans are listing Foster with a hip injury, but this is likely for rest purposes. Foster should be fine for Sunday's matchup with the Ravens.
Dec 17 - 5:43 PM

Andre Johnson (concussion) practiced on Wednesday.

Johnson was inactive last week due to his concussion. He's expected to return for Sunday's matchup with the Ravens. Johnson isn't a recommended fantasy option with Thad Lewis or Case Keenum expected to start.
Dec 17 - 4:01 PM

Texans signed QB Ricky Stanzi to their practice squad.

Somehow, the 27-year-old former fifth-round pick keeps finding work despite never having thrown a regular-season pass. He spent the summer with the Jaguars, completing 17-of-28 preseason tosses for 159 yards, zero touchdowns, and two interceptions. Stanzi is essentially Houston's No. 3 quarterback.
Dec 17 - 8:36 AM

Texans placed QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on injured reserve with a broken leg, ending his season.

Fitzpatrick's break required surgery. Now 32, Fitzpatrick is signed with the Texans through 2015. He should be back, though coach Bill O'Brien clearly isn't that big of fan after benching Fitzpatrick halfway through the season. Fitzpatrick is a classic bridge quarterback. He's good enough for teams to win games with, but will rarely win the games himself.
Dec 16 - 5:24 PM


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