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Houston Texans Roster Moves: Kevin Johnson To IR, Three Players Added

The Texans have tinkered with their roster yet again in the wake of additional injuries.

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The Houston Texans lost two defensive backs to injury in the tilt against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night. Kevin Johnson, Houston’s first round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, suffered a broken foot after delivering an outstanding performance, and it appears that he’s now headed for injured reserve. Rookie safety K.J. Dillon was placed on injured reserve as well due to a torn ACL that he suffered late in the game.

After the Texans worked out several players yesterday, it is being reported that they have signed safety Don Jones to the active roster as a special teams contributor, and added cornerback Denzel Rice to the practice squad. We have also learned that OLB Brennan Scarlett is being put on injured reserve this week; the Texans have re-signed DL Brandon Dunn (after cutting him last week) to replace him.

You may be wondering about the latest update regarding safety Lonnie Ballentine. He returned to practice today, but is still listed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list.


Added to Injured Reserve:

CB Kevin Johnson (broken foot)

Safety K.J. Dillon (knee: ACL)

OLB Brennan Scarlett (hamstring)

Added to Active Roster:

Safety Don Jones

DL Brandon Dunn

Added to Practice Squad:

CB Denzel Rice

Still on PUP:

Safety Lonnie Ballentine (knee)

Whew! That’s a rough shuffle of players in one week. Share your thoughts on the disappointing news confirming Kevin Johnson’s status, the unexpected loss of Brennan Scarlett, the possible return of Lonnie Ballentine at some point, and the addition of these other players.

Closing thought...

“These violent delights have violent ends.” - William Shakespeare