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Now That They’ve Lost Everyone, Who’s The One Player The Texans Can’t Afford To Lose?

Surprisingly, there are still a few stars at NRG Park that haven’t been felled by season-ending injury.

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Houston Texans
Has to be Nuk, right?
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This week’s sponsored post asks each SB Nation NFL site to name the one player their respective team truly can’t afford to lose. I sit before you a fan of the Houston Texans, a team that’s lost so many players this season that it can seem like they’re struggling to field a 53-man roster, much less win a game, anymore.

Nevertheless, there are a few legitimate answers to this question, players I will surely jinx and subsequently sentence to some horrible malady by just mentioning their names.

Jadeveon Clowney? He’s undoubtedly the most impactful player left on Houston’s defense and should be a legitimate All-Pro candidate.

Benardrick McKinney? He may not be on Clowney’s level, but he’s the straw that stirs the drink on that side of the ball, ain’t he?

T.J. Yates? Because he’s all the separates us from seeing 41 year old Shane Lechler under center.

You might have another name or two to add to the list.

Me, I’m going with DeAndre Hopkins. I tremble at the thought of the Texans’ offense even attempting to move the ball without his otherworldly talents. I say Nuk’s the player the 2017 Houston Texans as currently constructed could least afford to lose. You?