With college football heading to its bowl season, leaving a hole in rapacious and rambunctious hearts, the NFL steps in to fill the Saturday vacuum of space and of time. The Texans will tip off tomorrow’s NFL triple-triple-triple header against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 12 p.m. CST.
Usually we don’t know who will and won’t be playing until Inactives are released about ninety minutes before the game. This isn’t one of those times.
Texans ruled out Benardrick McKinney (concussion) and Jacob Martin (knee)— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 19, 2019
We already know the Texans will be without Benardrick McKinney tomorrow; that doesn’t matter all that much because Tampa rarely runs the ball, and each time they do is an affront to the Great Pineapple Man in the sky.
More importantly, Jacob Martin will be out as well. The Buccaneers’ offensive tackles are swaying and lumbering creatures. Martin would have been able to run around them and pressure Jameis Winston.
Personally, I’m devastated. Winston is just three sacks behind Kyler Murray for first place and two behind Kyle Allen, who was benched this week for Will Grier, for second place. It’s supposed to rain in Tampa on Saturday. Rain storms should drench Florida this weekend. Maybe Winston can slip in the backfield a few times.
The following Texans are also questionable:
Following players are questionable for Texans: Jahleel Addae (Achilles), Will Fuller (hamstring), Carlos Hyde (ankle), Brennan Scarlett (Achilles, shoulder), Taiwan Jones (hamstring).— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 19, 2019
DeAndre Hopkins upgraded to full participant (illness), set to play
The Buccaneers have injury problems of their own. Chris Godwin has joined Mike Evans and Scotty Miller on Injured Reserve. That means Tampa will be without their Olympic sand volleyball team at wide receiver. Get ready for a lot of Breshad Perriman, Cameron Brate, O.J. Howard, Dare Ogunbowale, and Justin Watson. Tampa’s full injury report is below.
Texans. Bucs. Arrrrrrrrr! Injuries and weather will water this game down some, but any game with Deshaun Watson and Winston is a gift, and on top of that, Houston will try to clinch the division in the same place where their season was buried on a disastrous afternoon eight years ago.