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Houston Texans Injury Report: Whitney Mercilus Unlikely To Play Versus Colts, Andre Johnson Questionable

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Houston Texans head coach Bill O'Brien gave the latest on the status on the availability of several Texans for Sunday's game against the Colts. Check out Battle Red Blog for the details.

Get well soon, 'Dre.
Get well soon, 'Dre.
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Tweets aplenty this afternoon concerning the status of several ailing Houston Texans. First, here's the latest on Andre Johnson's availability for Sunday's game against the Colts:

This is purely me guessing, but I would be very surprised if Andre Johnson played on Sunday. It's Friday, and he still hasn't cleared the league's mandatory concussion testing. I'd bet he's inactive against the Colts.

What of two other injured starters, Whitney Mercilus and Garrett Graham?

While John Simon has been a pleasant surprise at OLB, Mercilus' absence further thins Houston's anemic non-J.J. Watt pass rush. The Texans have rarely utilized the tight end in the passing game this season, so Graham's likely unavailability shouldn't loom as large.

Nevertheless, it would appear the Texans are likely to be down at least three starters on Sunday in a game that's essential to their playoff hopes. That's not good. That's not good at all.

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