News: Hopkins (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Hopkins hasn't found the end zone since Week 7, but after a two-game lull (in Weeks 11 and 12) he has combined for 153 receiving yards over his last two outings.
News: Graham (hamstring) was held out of practice Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Graham is coming off an eight-catch, 73-yard effort in Week 14, but his owners will need to track his status in advance of Sunday's game against the Colts in light of his reported hamstring issue.
News: Daniels (leg) did not practice Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Daniels' status for Sunday's game in Indianapolis is uncertain.
Matt Schaub - #8 - Quarterback - 6'5" - 235lbs
News: Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair confirmed Friday that the Texans plan to stick with Schaub's former backup, Case Keenum, as their starting quarterback.
Impact: Schaub stepped in for an ineffective Keenum in Thursday's loss to the Jaguars, completing 17 of 29 passes for 198 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. With the Texans 2-11 and having fired coach Gary Kubiak, however, it appears as though the team has moved into evaluation mode, and part of that process involves the Texans continuing to see what they have in Keenum.
News: Texans chairman and CEO Bob McNair confirmed Friday that the Texans plan to stick with Keenum as their starting quarterback. "Case is going to be the quarterback, and we're going to give him a chance," McNair noted in advance of Week 15's contest against the Colts. "He's shown flashes of brilliance and also rookie mistakes."
Impact: Keenum was benched in favor of Matt Schaub during the third quarter of Thursday's loss to the Jaguars, but he'll get the start when the Texans play next Sunday against the Colts. At 2-11, it makes sense for the Texans to continue to see what they have in Keenum, but the young QB's recent struggles makes rolling with him in the fantasy playoffs a gamble.
D.J. Swearinger - #36 - Safety - 5'10" - 208lbs
News: Swearinger (foot) was flagged for three penalties in Thursday night's loss to Jacksonville.
Impact: In one third-quarter sequence, Swearinger was flagged for a bad taunting penalty that kept a Jaguars drive alive and was then cited for holding on the next play. The Jaguars eventually scored a touchdown.
DeVier Posey - #11 - Wide Receiver - 6'1" - 210lbs
News: Posey had one catch (one target) for nine yards in Thursday night's loss to Jacksonville.
Impact: Posey has just three catches (six targets) for 19 yards the last three weeks and has fallen behind Keshawn Martin on the depth chart.
Keshawn Martin - #82 - Wide Receiver - 5'11" - 194lbs
News: Martin had four catches (six targets) for 28 yards and a touchdown in Thursday night's loss to Jacksonville. It was his first receiving touchdown of the season.
Impact: Martin has largely been an afterthought on offense, making a bigger contribution as a kick and punt returner, but appears to have moved ahead of DeVier Posey on the wide receiver depth chart. The four catches are a season high, and the six targets are the most he's seen since having six in the Week 4 loss to Seattle.
Greg Jones - #33 - Running back - 6'1" - 251lbs
News: Jones (knee) played Thursday night against the Jaguars. He did not carry the ball and was targeted once in a 27-20 loss.
Impact: Jones, a former Jaguar, was limited during practice leading up to the game.
News: Graham caught eight passes for 73 yards and a touchdown on 14 targets in Thursday's 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.
Impact: With Owen Daniels (leg) still sidelined, Graham continues to have a major role in the Houston passing game. He has a whopping 46 targets over the last four weeks, though his production has been rather poor on a per-target basis. Despite his continued inefficiency, Graham should be a solid fantasy play until Daniels returns, and Daniels is no lock for next week's game in Indianapolis. At this point, it wouldn't be particularly surprising if Daniels doesn't make it back before the end of the season.
News: Hopkins caught three passes for 76 yards on seven targets in Thursday's 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.
Impact: Hopkins wasn't able to break his now six-game scoreless streak, but he did haul in a reception for 46 yards, while catching more than two passes for the first time since Nov. 10. Matt Schaub replaced Case Keenum during the third quarter of Thursday's game, after Keenum struggled badly for the third time in four weeks. Hopkins has been inconsistent throughout the season, though his best stretch of the year came during Weeks 1-3 while Schaub was still entrenched as the starter. Either way, the quarterback situation probably won't have much of an impact on Hopkins' fantasy value.
News: Johnson caught 13 passes for 154 yards on 21 targets in Thursday's 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.
Impact: Johnson admirably continues to put up numbers, even as his team is falling apart. He caught passes from two different quarterbacks Thursday, as Matt Schaub replaced an ineffective Case Keenum late in the third quarter. Regardless of which quarterback starts next week, Johnson is a good bet to produce against the Colts. He's still an elite receiver, both in terms of real-life skill and fantasy production.
News: Tate (ribs/ankle) gained 53 yards on 14 carries and three yards on two receptions in Thursday's 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.
Impact: Tate's second matchup with the Jags went better than his first, but he didn't come close to matching last week's 22-102-3 rushing line against the Patriots. In six games since Arian Foster (back) went down for the season, Tate is averaging 63.5 rushing yards on 16.5 carries, with all three of his touchdowns coming in Week 13 vs. New England. The results have been disappointing to say the least, given Tate's past success as a backup. While it certainly doesn't help that the rest of the team is struggling, there's no sign that the problems will slow up in 2013, so fantasy owners can expect more of the same. Tate's team context is drastically different from what owners imagined when drafting him as one of the top handcuffs in the game.
Matt Schaub - #8 - Quarterback - 6'5" - 235lbs
News: Filling in for an ineffective Case Keenum, Schaub completed 17-of-29 passes for 198 yards, with one touchdown and one interception in Thursday's 27-20 loss to the Jaguars.
Impact: Keenum struggled through the better part of three quarters and was replaced by Schaub late in the third frame. From there, the story took a familiar turn, as Schaub did a nice job moving the ball, before ultimately throwing a back-breaking interception late in the fourth quarter. The Texans were down four points with just over two minutes remaining when Schaub hit Jacksonville LB Geno Hayes right in the hands with a horribly ill-advised pass. Schaub still outplayed Keenum, but the comeback attempt fell short, and it's currently unclear which quarterback will start in Indianapolis next week.
News: Keenum was benched in favor of Matt Schaub during the third quarter of Thursday's game against the Jaguars.
Impact: Prior to being replaced, Keenum completed 16-of-29 passes for 159 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. His run of success in the Houston offense feels like a distant memory, as the rookie has been dreadful in three of the Texans' last four games. While the benching doesn't necessarily preclude Keenum from starting in Week 15, it wouldn't be particularly surprising if Schaub gets the nod. The Texans will almost certainly be looking for a franchise quarterback in the offseason.
Greg Jones - #33 - Running back - 6'1" - 251lbs
Thu. Dec 5, 2013 | STATS
News: Jones is active in his return to Jacksonville.
Impact: Jones, who spent the previous nine years playing for the Jaguars, had been questionable with a knee injury. It's clear that the fanfare of Thursday night football for this matchup helped coaz him back onto the field.
News: Joseph (groin) is active for Thursday's game against Jacksonville, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Joseph has yet to miss a game in 2013 but still has just 37 tackles (34 solo) in 12 appearances. He does have 14 pass defenses to his name, and the veteran corner grabbed his second interception of the season in Sunday's loss to the Patriots. Kareem Jackson (ribs) is also active Thursday, meaning that the Texans have both of their starting cornerbacks available.
News: Jackson (ribs) is active for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: With both Jackson and Jonathan Joseph (groin) active, the Texans will have both of their starting cornerbacks against a Jacksonville team that's had trouble passing the ball all season. Jackson missed two games in November but returned for Sunday's loss to the Patriots, recording three tackles in the process. He hasn't done much from an IDP perspective in 2013, with just 38 tackles (35 solo), four pass defenses, and a fumble recovery in 10 appearances.
News: Tate (ribs/ankle) is active for Thursday's game against Jacksonville, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: While he's been banged up for a few weeks now, there was never any doubt that Tate would suit up for Thursday's game. He'll be looking for revenge, as the Jaguars held Tate to just one yard on seven carries in an ugly Week 12 win. After bouncing back for a 22-102-3 rushing line against the Patriots on Sunday, Tate should find some room to run against Jacksonville's 29th-ranked run defense.
News: Jackson (ribs) is probable for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Jackson is one of a slew of Texans listed as probable this week, though he should be a go Thursday after suiting up in Week 13 and recording three tackles in the process.
News: Joseph (groin) is probable for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Joseph looks good to go this week, though with 37 tackles and two picks in 12 games to date, his IDP utility has been limited.
News: Tate (ribs/ankle) is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Jaguars, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: There's little doubt that Tate will be out there Thursday night, and while his Week 12 line against the Jags (seven carries for one yard and five catches for 26 yards) wasn't pretty, he bounced back in a big way this past Sunday against the Patriots, carrying 22 times for 102 yards and three touchdowns. More importantly, he re-established himself as the Texans' top back in the process, with backup Dennis Johnson (13 carries in Week 12) only seeing three Week 13 rushing opportunities.
News: Offensive coordinator Rick Dennison echoed the comments head coach Gary Kubiak, acknowledging Keenum must improve his efficiency and consistency, the Houston Chronicle reports. "He keeps making strides. Sometimes it's one forward and one back," Dennison said. "But last week he made some plays. He missed a couple."
Impact: Keenum's job as a first-year starter at quarterback is hard enough, but lately he's been hearing the coaches telling the media about his inadequacies. His performances have badly trailed off lately, making his present and future equally blurry.
News: With Owen Daniels (leg) declared out for Thursday's game, according to the Houston Chronicle, Graham will start at tight end against the Jaguars.
Impact: Graham, who will be making his 11th start of the season, has caught 15 passes on 35 targets the last three weeks.
News: Daniels (leg) will not play Thursday night against Jacksonville, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Daniels, who has not played since Week 5, had a "good day" of practice Tuesday, but will remain on injured reserve. His status will be re-evaluated after the game against the Jaguars. Garrett Graham will once again start at tight end.
News: Joseph (groin) was listed as a limited participant in Tuesday's injury report, the Texans' official site reports
Impact: Both Joseph and fellow defensive back Kareem Jackson are a little banged up this week, but both returned to the practice field Tuesday, which is a good sign for Thursday's matchup against Jacksonville.
News: Jackson (ribs) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Jackson saw the practice field, which is a good indication of the likelihood he will be able to go Thursday against the Jaguars. If he suffers a setback and is unable to go however, Brandon Harris and Brice McCain would be possible candidates to see a heavier workload.
News: Tate (ribs/ankle) was a limited participant in Tuesday's practice.
Impact: Despite seeing limited practice reps last week, Tate saw virtually all of the work out of the backfield against New England on Sunday, with 22 carries compared to just three for Dennis Johnson. Tate's ability to practice on a limited basis Tuesday puts him in line to play in Week 14, even with the short turnaround.
News: Daniels (leg) resumed on-field work but did not practice with the team Tuesday.
Impact: Daniels took an important step forward Tuesday, but is not expected to play Thursday against the Jaguars. If he continues to progress without setback, however, a Week 15 return seems entirely possible.
News: Head coach Gary Kubiak would like to see Keenum more efficient and more willing to take the check-down options when the longer pass is not available, the Houston Chronicle reports. "He's a very aggressive kid. He likes to get the ball down the field. That's great. You can't coach that sometimes, so you don't want to lose that, but he's got to learn to check balls down and take those three- and four-yard gains sometimes when he has to, instead of sitting there, sitting there, because he's got so much confidence in what he's doing," said the coach.
Impact: Keenum ranks 34th in the NFL in completion percentage (54.1 percent) and is 26-of-58 (44.8 percent) in the fourth quarters of games he's finished. In his last three starts, he hasn't topped a 73.3 quarterback rating. Keenum has experienced a dropoff in his level of play as opponents obtain more film on him, and Kubiak is trying to help him develop while maintaining the aggressiveness. At 2-10, there's no turning back for Houston. Keenum should be the quarterback the rest of the season as the Texans figure out if he's the quarterback of the future.
News: Daniels (leg) is unlikely to play Thursday against Jacksonville, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Head coach Gary Kubiak is not yet ready to pronounce him out, but given that Daniels has not yet participated in team activities nor has he been on the practice field, you should consider him out. Garrett Graham is expected to get another start at tight end.
News: Joseph (groin) is listed as a non-participant on Monday's injury report, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: The Texans didn't actually practice but are still required to provide an estimate of each player's participation in advance of Thursday's game against the Jaguars. It isn't a great sign that Joseph got the DNP designation with a new injury. He may be in real danger of missing Thursday's game, though we should know more later in the week. If he returns to practice Tuesday, Joseph should be in good shape for Thursday.
News: Jackson (ribs) is listed as a limited practice participant on Monday's injury report, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: After missing two weeks with a bruised sternum, Jackson returned for Sunday's loss to the Patriots and finished the game with three tackles (two solo). The Texans didn't actually practice Monday but are still required to provide an estimate of each player's participation in advance of a Thursday matchup against the Jaguars. Jackson will likely be able to play, so long as he's able to practice later in the week. With just 38 tackles in 10 appearances, he isn't a particularly strong IDP option at cornerback, despite holding down a starting job.
News: Tate (ribs/ankle) didn't take part in Monday's walk-through practice, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Tate bounced back from an unproductive outing in Week 11, racking up over 100 yards on the ground -- 102, to be exact -- for the first time this season. He tallied three touchdowns to boot, but don't be surprised if he's held out of drills this week in order to avoid any setback with his sore ribs. Expect his status for Thursday's game in Jacksonville to receive clarification by Wednesday's injury report.
Mon. Dec 2, 2013 | STATS
News: Andre Johnson had eight receptions for 121 yards in Houston's 34-31 loss to the Patriots.
Impact: Johnson became the 15th player in NFL history to reach 900 receptions. He did it in his 150th career game, making him the second fastest to reach the mark behind Marvin Harrison, who did it in 149 games.
Mon. Dec 2, 2013 | STATS
News: Ben Tate ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns for the Texans, who haven't won since Sept. 15. It was the first 100-yard rushing game since 2011 for Tate, who has been slowed since Oct. 20 with four broken ribs.
Impact: Tate's third score came when he ran 10 yards to make it 31-28, but the Texans could never fully close the gap and re-gain the lead.
Randy Bullock - #4 - Kicker - 5'9" - 206lbs
News: Bullock connected on his only field goal attempt, a 43-yarder, in the first quarter of Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Impact: The rookie placekicker has been streaky but is a good one right now, having made six consecutive attempts. He's made just 69 percent (20-of-29) for the season, a mark that typically isn't good enough to keep your job next season.
News: Graham caught three passes (on 11 targets) for 36 yards in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Impact: Graham, who made his 10th start of the season, has been targeted 32 times in the past three weeks. Owen Daniels (leg) was hoping to get back on the field in Week 14 against Jacksonville, but that's looking unlikely, so Graham should get at least one more game as the primary tight end target.
Keshawn Martin - #82 - Wide Receiver - 5'11" - 194lbs
News: Martin had two kickoff returns for 71 yards, including a 50-yarder to open the game, in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Impact: Martin gave the Texans an early lift with good field position, but the offense stalled out and was forced to punt. As he's gotten healthier, he's become a factor in the return game.
News: Joseph had three tackles (all solo) and an interception in Sunday's loss to New England.
Impact: The pick was Joseph's second of the season and his first since Week 4.
News: Jackson (chest) had three tackles (two solo) in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.
Impact: Jackson had missed the previous two weeks with a bruised sternum.
News: Keenum completed 15-of-30 passes for 272 yards and an interception Sunday against the Patriots. He also added six yards on three carries with a touchdown on the ground.
Impact: Keenum connected with five different receivers on the day, as Ben Tate led the offensive charge to the tune of 102 rushing yards and three rushing touchdowns. Keenum snapped a two-game streak of passing for fewer than 175 yards, although he's now failed to throw a touchdown pass in back-to-back contests. He'll look to improve on that in Week 14, against a Jaguars defense that allowed 370 yards and three touchdowns to Brandon Weeden on Sunday.
News: Johnson had eight catches on nine targets for 121 yards Sunday against the Patriots.
Impact: There was plenty of talk leading up to Sunday about Johnson's potential matchup with Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib, but Johnson seems to have come out ahead with his 121 yards. Johnson has now breached the 100-yard mark in three of his last five games, although he's gone without a touchdown in his last three contests. He'll look to get back in the end zone in Week 14 at Jacksonville.
News: Hopkins has two catches on five targets for 77 yards Sunday against the Patriots.
Impact: Hopkins finished with as many catches Sunday, as he had in the prior two weeks combined, which shows how little he's been used with Case Keenum under center. His 77 yards were the most he's had in a game since Week 2, with 66 coming on a single play. It was certainly a bounce back performance, after accumulating 15 yards in Weeks 11 and 12 combined, and he'll look for another bigger receiving number in Week 14 at Jacksonville.
News: Johnson had three carries for 13 rushing yards and one catch on two targets for 11 receiving yards Sunday against the Patriots.
Impact: Johnson, who had 87 total yards last week, looked to be in line for more touches against the Patriots, if Ben Tate started off slowly. That didn't happen, as Tate scored a touchdown mid-way through the first quarter and ended up finishing with 102 yards and three scores. Tate will continue to lead the backfield in Houston, which means Johnson will likely have somewhat limited snaps in Week 14 at Jacksonville.
News: Tate (ribs) had 22 carries for 102 yards and three touchdowns Sunday against the Patriots.
Impact: With Dennis Johnson playing well last week, it looked like Tate could miss more snaps Sunday if he started off slowly. He put that possibility to bed early, scoring an eight-yard touchdown less than seven minutes into the game. He added touchdown runs of 20 and 10 yards, while finishing with his highest rushing total since November 6, 2011. He didn't suffer any setbacks with his ribs in the game, which means he'll be the Texans top back in Week 14 at Jacksonville.
News: Jackson (chest) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Patriots.
Impact: Jackson's presence boost the Texans' cornerback situation heading into Sunday's game, though with 35 tackles in nine games to date, he's only an IDP factor in deeper formats.
News: Head coach Gary Kubiak said he'll continue to get Johnson, who was the team's leading rusher last week, more reps as long as the running back can protect the quarterback, the Texans' official site reports. "As long as DJ continues to learn protection wise and he can protect our quarterback, and I can be comfortable with that stuff, I think we continue to get him more and more," said the coach.
Impact: Ben Tate will open the game as the starter, and Kubiak feels he'll bounce back after last week's seven-carry/one-yard game against the Jaguars. But Kubiak likes having a rotation at running back, so Johnson will get some touches. He's been inconsistent with blitz recognition and pickups, something that has become a big issue for the Texans since Case Keenum has become the starter. If Johnson's struggling to protect Keenum, Kubiak will rely more on Tate.
Antonio Smith - #94 - Defensive End - 6'4" - 289lbs
News: Smith returned to practice Friday after missing two days for personal reasons, the Houston Chronicle reports. The defensive lineman, who has five sacks and 24 tackles (17 solo) this season, will be ready to play against the Patriots this week.
Impact: In other news related to Smith, he was fined $15,750 by the NFL for a hit last Sunday against Jacksonville quarterback Chad Henne.
News: Johnson will be matched up against New England cornerback Aqib Talib this week, the Texans' official site reports. "I think he brings a little bit of both [styles] to the game, he can play physical, he mixes it up pretty well," Johnson said. "He's a big cornerback. I went against him twice last year. It was a good challenge."
Impact: Aside from a Monday night hiccup against the Panthers, a healthy Talib has made a habit of shutting down an opponent's best weapon, most recently Denver's Demaryius Thomas. He's been one of the better cover corners in the league this season. With Houston's deteriorating quarterback play and a tough one-on-one match this week, there's potential for Johnson, who had just two catches last week in a loss to the Jaguars, to be shut down a second consecutive week.
News: Jackson (chest) practiced for a third consecutive day Friday and "looks like he's ready to go" Sunday against the Patriots, according to head coach Gary Kubiak, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Jackson has been a limited participant all three days and remains questionable, but both he and the coach are confident he'll play against New England.
Fri. Nov 29, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Jackson (chest) practiced for a second consecutive day and is hopeful to play Sunday against the Patriots, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Jackson looked better Thursday than he did Wednesday, but acknowledged he's still dealing with some range-of-motion issues. The Texans could use Jackson, and any other secondary body available, as New England's Tom Brady has all is weapons back.
Thu. Nov 28, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Daniels (leg) has yet to start running and is unlikely to play in next Thursday's Week 14 matchup against the Jaguars, the Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Daniels can be activated from IR/designated to return in Week 14, but it doesn't sound like he'll be ready. Week 15 or 16 is probably more realistic, though Daniels still hasn't been ruled out for next Thursday. Assuming he suits up before the end of the season, Daniels' return will take a big bite out of Garrett Graham's value.
News: Jackson (chest) returned to practice Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Jackson has missed the last two games, but "looked all right" Wednesday, according to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Whitney Mercilus - #59 - Linebacker - 6'4" - 258lbs
News: Mercilus had his best game of the season in last Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, according to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, the Houston Chronicle reports. He had six tackles (all solo) and one sack in the game.
Impact: Mercilus has come along in his second NFL season, recording 55 tackles (30 solo) and 5.5 sacks, with his 14 quarterback hits second on the team. The Texans are having difficulty with the loss of Brian Cushing (knee), but the development of Mercilus has been a positive in a difficult season for the team.
Arian Foster - #23 - Running back - 6'1" - 227lbs
News: The procedure Foster (back) underwent earlier this month is called microscopic lumbar discectomy surgery, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Foster had the procedure Nov. 13 at Marina Del Rey Hospital in Los Angeles. His return depends on his progression through the rehab program.
Brian Cushing - #56 - Linebacker - 6'3" - 249lbs
News: Cushing (knee) is off crutches and began weight-bearing exercises Tuesday, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Cushing's recovery is on schedule and he feels he'll be ready for organized team activities in May.
Mon. Nov 25, 2013 | STATS
News: Johnson rushed for a season-high 74 yards on 13 carries in Sunday's loss to the Texans.
Impact: With the season slipping away from the Texans, Johnson could see more consistent time.
Mon. Nov 25, 2013 | STATS
News: Keenum had the worst performance in his five starts, throwing for just 169 yards with an interception Sunday against the Jags.
Impact: Coach Gary Kubiak wouldn't commit to sticking with Keenum, saying he never makes decisions right after games.