Player News - Texans

Date: Team: Pos:

Texans placed LT Duane Brown (quad surgery) on the active/PUP list.

Coach Bill O'Brien said in mid-June he expected Brown to be ready for the start of training camp, but that isn't the case. Brown underwent surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon all the way back in January. It's a mild surprise he's not fully recovered six months later, but there have been no reports of a setback. Brown was PFF's No. 18-rated tackle among 76 qualifiers last season.
Jul 25 - 4:04 PM

Texans placed DE J.J. Watt (back surgery) on the active/PUP list.

After his July 20 back surgery, Watt isn't going to participate at all in training camp or preseason. A setback could send him to reserve/PUP, though we're nowhere near that point yet. Multiple reports have indicated Watt is in danger of missing the start of the season. He also had groin surgery earlier in the offseason.
Jul 25 - 3:58 PM

NFL.com's Mike Garafolo reports J.J. Watt's (back surgery) recovery could take up to 10 weeks.

Watt underwent surgery to repair a herniated disc on Wednesday. As is often the case with injury timelines, Watt's has gone from overly optimistic to more concerning in only a matter of hours. Houston's Week 3 Thursday night game is just nine weeks from today. Watt is now a serious candidate to miss the entire first month of the season, with the reserve/PUP list perhaps even an outside possibility. That would be the worst-case scenario.
Jul 21 - 11:58 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt's back surgery occurred Wednesday, and comes with a 6-8 week recovery timeline.

In other words, he's questionable for Week 1. Initial reports had the Texans "hoping" he would be ready for the opener. It's certainly still possible, but a multi-game absence can't yet be ruled out. Watt obviously won't suit up for the preseason. His timetable should clarify as camp progresses.
Jul 21 - 9:57 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports J.J. Watt is recovering from back surgery, but will be ready for Week 1.

Watt will begin camp on the active/PUP list, and is probably doubtful for the preseason. It caps an injury-marred offseason for Watt, who barely practiced as he recovered from "core" surgery on both sides of his body. Despite the sunny outlook, back surgery should never be taken lightly. Watt has earned his reputation as one of the toughest players in the league, but Week 1 shouldn't be considered a guarantee until we get a little deeper into camp.
Jul 21 - 9:07 PM

ESPN Texans reporter Tania Ganguli doesn't expect first-rounder Will Fuller to be in the Week 1 starting lineup.

Ganguli expects the Texans to progressively bring Fuller along, much like they did last year with first-round CB Kevin Johnson. Johnson played roughly 60 percent of the snaps the first three weeks but didn't get his first start until Week 4. Fuller might see a similar pattern. He'll certainly play right out of the gates, probably in a deep-threat role, but Jaelen Strong and Cecil Shorts could open ahead of him on the depth chart. Strong had a tremendous offseason.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 20 - 11:29 AM

Texans LG Xavier Su'a-Filo is the "front-runner" for the starting job.

Su'a-Filo started the final nine games including the playoffs at left guard last season. He struggled in pass protection over that stretch, but coach Bill O'Brien said he "has definitely improved" over the offseason. Su'a-Filo's strongest competition will likely come from free-agent addition Tony Bergstrom.
Jul 18 - 8:33 AM

Texans rookie DT Ra'Zahn Howard plans to play at 310 pounds this season.

Howard tipped the scales at 325 pounds at his Pro Day earlier this month but has already slimmed down to 317 and is hoping to be at 310 by the time training camp starts. The 21-year-old run-stopper entered the Supplemental Draft instead of transferring after being ruled academically ineligible at Purdue. He went undrafted but quickly signed a rookie contract with Houston. Howard logged 47 tackles and three sacks over 24 games for the Boilermakers.
Jul 17 - 9:53 AM

Texans coach Bill O'Brien believes TE Ryan Griffin (Achilles') will be ready for camp.

Griffin sat out the offseason program rehabbing an Achilles' injury after playing just nine games last year because of an MCL sprain. He should be fully healthy well before Week 1, but the Texans offense has not been kind to tight ends under O'Brien. Griffin is not worth drafting in even the deepest of standard leagues.
Jul 14 - 10:28 AM

When asked what his role will be, Texans rookie WR Braxton Miller described himself as a "playmaker."

"I'll play slot, I'll play outside, receiver, RB," Miller said. "Whatever's in the game plan." Miller has one year of experience at receiver after playing quarterback his first three years at Ohio State. But the Texans still thought enough of him to take him 85th overall back in May. Miller is expected to compete for the slot job in Houston, but coach Bill O'Brien will use him wherever he can.
Jul 12 - 8:53 PM

Tom Savage (shoulder) said he's "healthy and ready to roll."

Savage spent last year on injured reserve with a sprained shoulder, but will be full go for camp. The 2014 fourth-rounder will try to push Brandon Weeden behind Brock Osweiler. Savage showed very little as a rookie.
Jul 12 - 3:46 PM

The Houston Chronicle reports the Texans "envision a multidimensional role" for third-round WR Braxton Miller.

The former college quarterback showed surprisingly well at receiver as a senior, but his real value could come as a multifaceted offensive weapon. "Just a versatile player, explosive player," GM Rick Smith said. "Trying to impact our football team, adding players who can add dimensions to our football team who can make plays with the ball in their hands, and certainly he can do that." Miller will likely play a limited role behind DeAndre Hopkins and Will Fuller as a rookie, but he is an upside stash in Dynasty formats.
Jul 4 - 10:36 AM

Texans OLB Whitney Mercilus (hamstring) expects to be ready for training camp.

He sat out all of the offseason program with a hamstring issue. "I'm feeling good, starting to get healthy," Mercilus said. "I've been here for an extra two weeks since we've been out just rehabbing and things like that, just making sure I'm on pace to make it back for training camp." A 2012 first-rounder, Mercilus broke out with 12 sacks last season.
Jul 2 - 11:22 AM

Texans WR Cecil Shorts said new QB Brock Osweiler has been "like a student" this offseason.

"Very professional," Shorts continued. "I can see what he learned from 18 [Peyton Manning]." In a deep look at his first offseason with the Texans (linked below), Osweiler said he is excited for the "challenge" of learning a new offense and integrating himself with a new organization. If comments from his coaches and teammates are to be believed, he appears to be doing well on both fronts. Houston should remain a run-first attack, but Osweiler could potentially add an important edge in the passing game.
Source: ESPN
Jun 30 - 11:24 AM

Texans TEs coach John Perry recently talked up Ryan Griffin.

"Ryan gives us ability in a lot of respects," Perry said. "He's not just one-dimensional. He can be effective in the pass game. He can be effective as a blocker." Griffin has loads of ability at 6'6/254, but hasn't been able to get on the field or stay on it through three seasons. He missed half of last year with a sprained MCL but still set career-highs across the board with a 20-251-2 line. Houston rivaled the Jets for the league's worst tight-end situation last season.
Jun 29 - 11:11 AM


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