Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

ESPN's Ed Werder reports J.J. Watt (back, PUP) is not expected to resume practicing next week.

Werder also reports the Texans remain "hopeful" on LT Duane Brown (quad). Both reports directly contradict NFL.com's Ian Rapoport's Thursday reporting. Watt himself has hinted he will be back next week. We'll have to wait this one out.
Aug 25 - 4:18 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt (back, PUP) expects to return to practice next week.

That would give Watt a fighting chance at suiting up for Week 1, but it would still be far from a guarantee. Watt has yet to practice this summer, and missed most of the offseason as he recovered from groin/core surgery. Another possibility is that Watt is ready for the opener but stuck on a snap count.
Aug 25 - 1:37 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports Texans LT Duane Brown (quad, PUP) won't be ready for Week 1, and could revert to the reserve/PUP list.

The PUP list would cost Brown the first six games of the season after he tore his quad last Week 17. The Texans are now without their left tackle and center for Week 1, and quite possibly beyond. C Nick Martin is out for the season. RT Derek Newton is battling a lingering hamstring injury. As NFL.com's Chris Wesseling points out, the Texans' lineup for the opener may feature only two returning starters on offense. That's rare in college, let alone the NFL.
Aug 25 - 1:29 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Texans second-round C Nick Martin will miss the season after undergoing ankle surgery.

ESPN reports Martin is expected to miss at least four months, which would essentially rule him out for all of the regular season. It is possible he returns late in the year for a playoff push. Martin suffered what was called a high-ankle sprain last week, but it is clear the injury was more severe than initially reported. With Martin expected to serve as the starting center as a rookie, the Texans will now turn to undrafted sophomore Greg Mancz.
Aug 25 - 9:39 AM

Texans K Nick Novak (concussion) returned to practice Tuesday.

Hopefully this ends the preseason of kicker concussions.
Aug 23 - 12:13 PM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien said J.J. Watt (back) will return "sooner rather than later."

O'Brien said he was "unsure" if Watt would play in the first two games of the season last week, but he walked those comments back on Sunday. "He’s progressing really well," O'Brien said. "We feel good about where’s he’s at right now relative to the beginning of the season." It still feels like Watt is doubtful to Week 1, but we might not know for sure until gameday. Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc on July 20.
Aug 22 - 10:04 AM

Texans C Nick Martin may need surgery to repair his high ankle sprain.

It's not looking good for Martin to play in Week 1. The possibility of surgery indicates Martin suffered an especially severe high ankle sprain, one perhaps involving ligament damage. Greg Mancz is the next man up.
Aug 21 - 3:50 PM

Texans K Nick Novak is in the NFL's concussion protocol.

This is our second kicker concussion of the preseason after Eagles K Caleb Sturgis suffered one when a football hit him in the head during pregame warmups on Thursday night. Camp leg "Ka'imi Fairbairn" (quad) is also banged up.
Aug 21 - 3:23 PM

Third-round pick Braxton Miller has worked as the Texans' starting slot receiver in each of the team's first two preseason games.

Houston's perimeter receivers with the first team have been DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller. In Saturday night's preseason game against the Saints, Miller racked up three catches for 34 yards on four targets. He had 4-34 against the 49ers in the exhibition opener. Incumbent slot man Cecil Shorts appears to have fallen down the depth chart and could lose his roster spot at final cuts.
Aug 20 - 10:45 PM

Jaelen Strong caught 3-of-5 targets for 25 yards in Saturday's preseason game.

Strong played a few snaps with Brock Osweiler under center, but got most of his run with Tom Savage at the controls. The Texans appear set with Nuk Hopkins, Will Fuller and Braxton Miller in three-receiver sets. Strong had a praise-filled offseason, but Fuller and Miller have impressed as rookies, relegating Strong to the second team. He has seven grabs for 67 yards through two exhibition games.
Aug 20 - 10:45 PM

Will Fuller caught 4-of-8 targets for 73 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's preseason game.

Fuller separated in the end zone to catch a dime from Brock Osweiler on his 19-yard score. The No. 21 overall pick now has five preseason grabs for 78 yards, and has blown by offseason puff-piecer Jaelen Strong on the depth chart. Fuller's hands will almost certainly be an issue as a rookie, but his jets have been as advertised, while he's played poised in exhibition action. He's a WR5 who could blow up for a few big games.
Aug 20 - 10:10 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien confirmed Tom Savage is the Texans’ No. 2 quarterback.

Savage was behind Brandon Weeden to start the offseason, but has since passed him on the depth chart. "I think he's No. 2 right now," O'Brien said. "That's not to say Weeden hasn't done a good job. Tom has really improved." Savage threw two touchdowns in Houston’s preseason opener. There’s upside for him to develop into a solid backup.
Aug 20 - 11:21 AM

Texans first-round WR Will Fuller said he's more comfortable in the offense.

"A lot more comfortable than when I first got here, but that’s how it always is," Fuller said. "Just knowing my role and doing everything the coaches ask." Fuller struggled with the playbook early in training camp. He worked with the starters in Houston's first preseason game and should open the year in two-wide sets.
Aug 19 - 5:34 PM

Texans OLB Jadeveon Clowney (knee) says he "feels fine."

Clowney returned to practice this week after dealing with minor soreness. He’s fully expected to make his preseason debut Saturday. Clowney will see limited snaps.
Aug 19 - 5:11 PM

Coach Bill O'Brien told ESPN's Ed Werder that he's "still unsure" if J.J. Watt (back) will play Weeks 1 and 2 of the regular season.

Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back late last month and was slapped with a 6-10 week timetable. Week 1 seems like a long shot for Watt, but a return at some point in September remains possible.
Aug 19 - 12:04 PM


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