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 won'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) 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.
Justin Rogers - #20 - Cornerback - 5'11" - 181lbs
News: Rogers was released by the Texans on Wednesday.
Impact: Rogers lasted just a week with the Texans, and it became clear that he wasn't going to factor into the mix at cornerback. The team ultimately felt he was expendable, as they released him to make room for a practice squad offensive lineman on the 53-man roster.
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.
News: Johnson will resume his backup role this week, as coach Gary Kubiak said Ben Tate (ribs) will start against New England, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Johnson came in for Tate, who rushed seven times for one yard, in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville and gave the Texans a lift with 74 yards on 13 carries.
News: Tate (ribs) will continue to be the main running back this week against the Patriots, the Houston Chronicle reports. He gained just one yard on seven carries in Sunday's loss to Jacksonville, before being replaced by backup Dennis Johnson.
Impact: Johnson showed some life, rushing for 74 yards on 13 carries, but coach Gary Kubiak will give Tate first crack against New England. Kubiak didn't feel Sunday's output was all Tate's fault.
News: Coach Gary Kubiak indicated Monday that Daniels (leg) is "real close" to returning to the practice field, Drew Dougherty of houstontexans.com reports.
Impact: Daniels will be eligible to return to action for the Texans' Week 14 contest against the Jaguars (on a Thursday night), with Kubiak's comment Monday indicating that a return for that game remains plausible, setting up a scenario in which owners could conceivably squeeze a productive game or two out of Daniels down the stretch.
News: Coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Monday that Keenum will remain the Texans' starting quarterback.
Impact: Keenum, who completed 18-of-34 passes for 169 yards with one interception in Week 12's loss to the Jags, will get a chance to bounce back this coming Sunday at home against the Patriots, who are coming off a big win over the Broncos but are dealing with multiple injuries to their defensive personnel.
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.
News: Keenum said he felt "uncomfortable" during Sunday's loss to the Jaguars and is "not making right decisions," the Houston Chronicle reports. "I'm frustrated right now," said Keenum, who was 18-of-34 for 169 yards with one interception. "I am very disappointed in myself. Because not only for me, but for letting everyone down in that locker room."
Impact: Keenum made a big splash initially when he replaced Matt Schaub at quarterback, but his production has diminished the last three games. He's completing 52 percent of his passes and averaging 180 yards the last three weeks. Because the long ball plays are not happening any longer, his yards per attempt has dropped from over 10 yards in the first two weeks to 5.34. He needs to adapt and learn if his career is to take off. Quarterbacks coach Karl Dorrell talked to the Houston Chronicle about his need to "understand fundamental defense."
News: Johnson had two catches (on six targets) for 36 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Impact: The Texans got a disappointing performance from quarterback Case Keenum, which impacted the production of Johnson and other receivers.
Ryan Griffin - #84 - Tight End - 6'6" - 254lbs
News: Griffin (concussion) had one catch (on two targets) for 37 yards in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Impact: Griffin returned to the lineup this week, after missing one game due to a concussion. With Owen Daniels (leg) looking to return in two weeks, Griffin will have one more game as the team's No. 2 tight end.
News: Watt (back) registered a team-high nine tackles (eight solo) and one sack in Sunday's loss to the Jaguars.
Impact: Watt entered Sunday's contest as probable with a back injury, but ultimately didn't seem to be bothered by the ailment. His eight solo tackles marked a season-high. Watt also extended his sack streak to five consecutive games Sunday.
News: Johnson had 13 carries for 74 rushing yards and two catches on two targets for 13 receiving yards Sunday against the Jaguars.
Impact: With Ben Tate ineffective, while trying to play through injuries to his ribs, ankle and toe, Johnson took over the Texans backfield Sunday and finished with a higher YPC average than Tate's had in any game since Week 4. If Tate's struggles continue this week in practice, Johnson could potentially see an even bigger workload in Week 13 against the Patriots.
News: Tate (ribs/ankle/toe) had seven carries for one rushing yard and five catches on six targets for 26 receiving yards Sunday against the Jaguars.
Impact: Tate started the game off with what looked like a full workload, but had only a handful of touches after the first quarter, ceding the backfield to Dennis Johnson. It didn't appear like any of the injuries that Tate is playing through were severe enough to keep him out completely, although they clearly limited his effectiveness. Johnson finished the day with 74 rushing yards on 13 carries and if Tate can't effectively play with his lingering injuries, Johnson could continue to eat into his touches, starting next week against the Patriots.
News: Keenum completed 18-of-34 passes for 169 yards and an interception Sunday against the Jaguars.
Impact: Keenum really struggled to get much going Sunday, despite connecting with eight different receivers. He has now seen his passing yards drop from 350 to 201 to 170 to 169 over the last four weeks, a troubling direction which has also included only one touchdown in the last two weeks combined. Things don't get much easier in Week 13 when the Patriots come to Houston.
Joe Mays - #53 - Linebacker - 5'11" - 244lbs
News: Mays (knee) is listed as active against the Jaguars on Sunday.
Impact: Mays, who was inactive in Week 11, has 38 tackles and a sack in nine games overall, but the last time he played (Week 10) he racked up a season-high seven tackles against the Cards.
News: Hopkins (illness) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Impact: Hopkins is coming off a seven-yard effort in Week 11, but he has bounce-back potential, thanks to what looks like an appealing matchup, as the 1-9 Jaguars have surrendered 20 passing TDs in 10 games this season.
News: Tate (ribs/ankle/toe) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Impact: Tate was limited at practice this past week, thanks to his listed trio of aches and pains, but he's looking at a nice Week 12 matchup, given that the Jags have given up a league-high average of 139.1 rushing yards through 10 contests.
News: Watt (back) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Impact: Feel free to roll with Watt, who has five sacks in his last four games, as you normally would in IDP formats this week.
Sat. Nov 23, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Johnson needs 10 catches against Jacksonville this week to tie Marvin Harrison for the fastest to 900 career receptions in NFL history, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Not that you need a reason to plug Johnson into your fantasy lineups, but the Texans are looking for any positives in a disappointing season that should lead to a personnel shake up in the offseason.
Sat. Nov 23, 2013 | RotoWire
News: Jackson revealed he has a fracture to his first rib just under the collarbone, Comcast SportsNet Houston reports.
Impact: Until now, the injury had been reported as a bruised sternum and bruised ribs. Jackson will not play this weekend against Jacksonville.
News: Hopkins (illness) practiced fully Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: An appealing matchup (the 1-9 Jaguars, have surrendered 20 passing TDs in 10 games to date) in Week 12 given Hopkins bounce-back potential after a one-catch, seven-yard dud in Week 11.
News: Watt (back) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars.
Impact: Watt, who has five sacks in his last four games, practiced fully Friday and looks safe to deploy as an IDP this weekend.
News: Tate (ribs/ankle/toe) is listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Tate was limited at practice this week, courtesy of his listed trio of aches and pains, but his Week 12 matchup looks favorable, as the Jags have given up a league-high 139.1 rushing yards per game to date.
News: Jackson (sternum) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jaguars, ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports.
Impact: As a result, Brice McCain is now in line to start in place of Jackson at left cornerback on Sunday.
News: Johnson did not play much in last week's loss to Oakland because of problems the Texans had with quarterback protection, the Texans' official site reports. "Y'all heard me mention the word 'protection' a bunch last week," head coach Gary Kubiak said. "In the game we played against Oakland, that was a big factor and him not playing as much because of some of the things that were going on. But we do have confidence in him."
Impact: It's not clear whether Johnson's blitz pickup needs improvement or the Raiders were coming so hard after the quarterback that Kubiak needed only the best of his blockers in front of Case Keenum. Johnson, who had just two touches against the Raiders, has seen his touches drop each of the last two weeks, after carrying the ball eight times in a Week 9 loss to Indianapolis. With quarterback protection becoming a big issue in Houston, Johnson's playing time could suffer.
News: Watt (back) returned to practice Thursday, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Watt said Wednesday that he will be ready to play Sunday against the Jaguars, with an official probable injury designation likely on tap for him come Friday.
News: Hopkins (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Deepi Sidhu of the Texans' official site reports.
Impact: Hopkins is coming off a one-catch, seven-yard dud in Week 11, but working in his favor is that Sunday's opponent, the 1-9 Jaguars, have surrendered 20 passing TDs in 10 games to date, offering an appealing matchup and bounce-back potential for Hopkins.
News: Jackson (sternum) will be a game-time decision this week against Jacksonville, the Houston Chronicle reports.
Impact: Jackson, who could miss his second consecutive game because of a bruised sternum, has been held out of practice intentionally this week in hopes he can play Sunday.
Matt Schaub - #8 - Quarterback - 6'5" - 235lbs
News: Schaub said he's unsure of what his future holds, Houston Chronicle reports. "We take each week one at a time," Schaub said. "When you're in the length of the season and how long it is, and the marathon and the grind, you just have to focus on the next thing in front of you. If you're thinking about the future or down the road or things beyond what's right in front of you, you're gonna miss something."
Impact: The veteran quarterback is saying all the right things about his current situation as the backup to second-year QB Case Keenum, but you get the feeling he knows he may have made his last start in a Houston uniform. A chorus of boos cascaded throughout Reliant Stadium when he entered last Sunday's game as a replacement for Keenum. Once a quarterback loses the home fans, it's time for the team to move on.
Edwin Baker - #37 - Running back - 5'8" - 200lbs
News: Baker signed with the Texans' practice squad, Comcsat SportsNet Houston reports.
Impact: The Texans are carrying a few backs in reserve due to injuries to Arian Foster (back) and Ben Tate (ribs). Baker will be in deep reserve.
News: Head coach Gary Kubiak said Keenum needs to develop a sense of when and when not to leave the pocket, the Houston Chronicle reports. "You don't want to ever take away his ability to make plays. I want him to react and do those types of things," Kubiak said Wednesday.
Impact: Kubiak said it's a challenge for Keenum to retain "that gunslinger in him," but also understand when a play is to made from the pocket. The young quarterback has made several big plays on the move, and that gives him a chance to be a good player. Texans coaches must teach the second-year QB those finer points of quarterback play.
Justin Rogers - #20 - Cornerback - 5'11" - 181lbs
Tue. Nov 19, 2013 | STATS
News: The Buffalo Bills have released Rogers.
Impact: Rogers opened the season filling in for injured starter Stephon Gilmore, who missed the first five games with a broken hand. Rogers struggled in coverage and was burned for two deep touchdown passes in a 27-20 loss at the New York Jets on Sept. 22.
News: Graham had a career-best 136 on seven receptions in Houston's 28-23 loss to Oakland on Sunday.
Impact: The Texans tight end had 26 catches for 268 yards in his first nine games this season.
News: Johnson didn't let Houston's rotating quarterbacks affect him in Sunday's 28-23 loss to Oakland. He caught a combined 10 passes from Case Keenum and Matt Schaub for 116 yards.
Impact: Johnson has continued to shine for the struggling Texans with 72 receptions for 966 yards. He has 24 catches for 382 yards and five touchdowns in the last three games.
News: Keenum, also an undrafted free agent, was benched in Sunday's 28-23 loss after Houston's offense stalled in the third quarter.
Impact: Keenum was 13 of 24 for 170 yards with a touchdown and an interception before being benched. Matt Schaub was 12 of 25 for 155 yards.