Houston Texans Returning After The Bye Week

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From a health standpoint, the Texans start another season after the bye week.

Since the ill-fated 2017 season, the injury bug has constantly infected the Texans. Many assumed that a season that saw injuries to J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus, Deshaun Watson, and others was a fluke. This has not been the case. 2018 saw the likes of Will Fuller and Demaryius Thomas lost for the season, while Watson, Keke Coutee, and multiple members of the secondary dealt with nagging minor injuries.

Enter 2019: different year, same story. Before the season even started, Lamar Miller tore his ACL. Over the first half of the season, many starters were lost for several games. Our starting tackles, Laremy Tunsil and Tytus Howard, missed time. Roderick "Hot Rod" Johnson, their primary replacement, found himself in a similar situation. Both Will Fuller and Kenny Stills (who has since returned) suffered hamstring injuries. Coutee, although not injured, continued his Bigfoot impersonation and sat out several games.

It can be argued that the defensive side of the ball was more decimated than the offensive side. Our defensive backs started dropping like proverbial flies. Starters Johnathan Joseph (stinger), Bradley Roby (hamstring), Lonnie Johnson (concussion), and Tashaun Gipson (wrist and back) missed extended time. Justin Reid has played through a shoulder injury. Backups Phillip Gaines (ankle sprain) and Keion Crossen (undisclosed) fell shortly thereafter.

Oh, and 3-time DPOY J.J. Watt was lost for the season.

At this point, I think I've covered everyone, but I can't guarantee that. The extent of injuries was just that devastating. It is a miracle that the Texans have managed to win games with the teammates they've lost. The only positions that have been completely healthy are QB and LB, and these positions groups deserve a lot of credit for the wins that the team has secured. Watson has maintained an MVP pace, and the LB corps led by Mercilus, McKinney, Cunningham, and Scarlett has been playing lights out.

If you've made it through my amateur writing filled with negativity, I applaud you. I am by nature a positive person, and the rest of this Fanpost displays that.

No injury is ever a good thing. However, the way this team has adapted to these injuries will help it drastically in the future. The Texans traded for Carlos Hyde and Duke Johnson and have been rewarded with one of the best one-two punches in the NFL. They also acquired Gareon Conley from the Raiders, who has been playing very well in our defensive scheme. These additions, along with previous starters, have elevated the RB and DB rooms from mediocre to above average.

The bye week is heralded as being a time for players to heal and return from injury, and this will be true for the Texans. Preliminary reports suggest that a bevy of players will be returning for Week 11 against the Ravens. On offense, Laremy Tunsil will be joining Tytus Howard (who made it back last week) to solidify the O-Line. Will Fuller is hopeful to return, and Coutee will be active again. The defense will be similarly rejuvenated. Joseph, Roby, and Gipson should all be back to play alongside Conley and Reid. A healthy team will be key over the next three weeks as the Texans face the Ravens, Colts, and Patriots.

An important note: While these players may be medically cleared to return, it is crucial to ease them back into play. Rushing them back into action could aggravate a previous injury, resulting in more missed time. This would far outweigh the benefit of having a certain starter back one game early.

Well, that wraps up my first Fanpost. I've done my best to edit any egregious grammatical errors. Hopefully this dose of optimism will help this BRB survive through the bye week. Feel free to leave a comment.

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