The Texans managed an improbable victory over the Indianapolis Colts last night, but it came at a price.
In a game littered with injuries on both sides of the ball, the Texans secondary’ took another hit. After declaring Kareem Jackson and Quintin Demps inactive for the game, the Texans saw Johnathan Joseph leave the game with a forearm injury, leaving the Texans down three starters in their secondary. Rookie K.J. Dillon was one of the guys that stepped up in Demps’ absence. Unfortunately, in overtime, Dillon also left the game holding his knee. It now appears he’ll be out for the rest of the season.
Texans rookie safety K.J. Dillon tore his ACL, according to sources— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) October 17, 2016
Dillon left the stadium on crutches before getting an MRI scan that confirmed the worst. It’s a shame for a rookie who was having an impressive year contributing on special teams and occasionally in the secondary.
Hopefully we’ll see the return of Demps and Jackson next week to help steady the ship somewhat. Who the Texans will use to replace Dillon is unclear. With only four safeties on the roster now, one of which is the injured Demps, the Texans will need to make an addition quickly. There is no safety on the practice squad with preseason free safety Kurtis Drummond on injured reserve. Lonnie Ballentine could be activated from the PUP List, but I see that as an unlikely option at the moment.
Who will the Texans turn to? Feel free to throw your two cents in below.