This afternoon, the Texans are looking to go 4-2 in the division, with the knowledge that their faint playoff hopes are all contingent on a victory in NRG. However, not all of our men will be dressing for what we hope is not our final game of the year. Bill O'Brien attempted to show that he's not a Grinch and gave everyone Christmas Day off. Due to injuries, TE Garrett Graham (ankle), ILB Mike Mohamed (concussion), WR DeVier Posey (calf), and QB Tom Savage (knee), will be off on today s well, having already been declared out for the game.
Posey is hampered by the fact that, according to OB, he's strictly an outside guy that doesn't do special teams, so he's been tucked in OB's pocket for all but one game this season. While Posey was inactive for 14 games because of numbers and the fact that he can't offer (much needed) help on special teams, he'll be inactive for his 15th game this season due to a calf injury that's kept him out of practice (though, most likely, he would have been inactive even if he'd been in perfect health).
Savage was drafted in the fourth round of last May's draft. The extremely raw rookie saw action in one game after Ryan Fitzpatrick went down with a broken leg. Savage then picked up a knee injury that has led to the resurrection of Keenumania. Questions about what Savage is capable of developing into have led to text walls here on BRB. The reality is many of us didn't want to see him this season; other than the game in Indy, we didn't and won't.
When O'Brien was hired, visions of two-TE sets, similar to what New England did with Gronk and Hernandez, filled this Texans' fan's head. Those visions remain in my head, though, because our TE position is little more than a black hole. Unfortunately, struggling rookie TE C.J. Fiedorowicz is battlefightin' through a shoulder injury, though he is probable for the game.
Also sporting injuries but probable for the game are G Brandon Brooks, who left the Ravens game with an ankle injury that forced T Tyson Clabo (shoulder, but finally not foot!) into action and moved Derek Newton from tackle to guard. Rookie G Xavier Su'a-Filo (back) has seen improvement in his back injury, giving us a relatively healthy OL in Week 17.
RB Arian Foster and WR Andre Johnson missed practice this week for non-injury related reasons, while WR DeAndre Hopkins was limited with a wrist injury.
On the defensive side of the ball, quite a few starters showed up on the Game Status Report, but are probable for the game. NT Ryan Pickett was limited with a groin injury and CB Kareem Jackson was limited due to his back. ILB Brian Cushing (ankle), CB Johnathan Joseph (ankle), OLB Whitney Mercilus (back/finger), and ILB Jeff Tarpinian (knee) were able to put in their full complement of reps despite their various knocks.
The poor unfortunate folks in Duval County, Florida have already listed DT Roy Miller as out with a knee sprain. QB Blake Bortles (foot), C Luke Bowanko (wrist), DE Andre Branch (groin), DE Chris Clemons (knee), RB Toby Gerhart (ribs), WR Cecil Shorts III (shoulder), and WR Tommy Streeter (abdomen) are all probable.
- OLB Jason Ankrah
- DB Josh Aubrey
- TE Garrett Graham (ankle)
- ILB Mike Mohamed (concussion)
- WR DeVier Posey (calf)
- QB Tom Savage (knee)
- G Xavier Su'a-Filo (back)
- S Matt Daniels
- CB Jeremy Harris
- DT Roy Miller (knee)
- QB Stephen Morris
- G Tyler Shatley
- DE Chris Smith
- WR Tommy Streeter (abdomen)