The last two weeks have tested the Houston Texans’ depth. All of those signings, practice squad rearranging, and preseason hopefuls have paid dividends. A team used to roster turnover this year took advantage of the resiliency other teams haven’t dealt with. Houston took down the Los Angeles Chargers because of that, turnovers, and Davis Mills’ heroics.
This week, the Texans will be closer to fielding an actual NFL roster. Updating this post, Brandin Cooks, Justin Britt, Lane Taylor, Jonathan Greenard, Roy Lopez, Maliek Collins, Jaleel Johnson, Jordan Jenkins, Mau Gruiger-Hill, Eric Wilson, Neville Hewitt, Ka’imi Fairbairn, and A.J. Moore have all been activated from the COVID-19 list. The only player of consequence who is really missing is left tackle Tytus Howard, who still hasn’t been cleared yet.
Texans activate Brandin Cooks, Ka'imi Fairbairn, Justin Britt, Lane Taylor, Jon Greenard, Roy Lopez, Maliek Collins, Derek Rivers, Jaleel Johnson, Jordan Jenkins, Kamu Grugier-Hill, Eric Wilson, Neville Hewitt, Eric Murray, A.J. Moore from COVID list. https://t.co/HTyvkLN43y pic.twitter.com/TDpN23May4— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 29, 2021
It’s not over, though. The additions have also resulted in some subtractions. Cole Toner and Phillip Dorsett have been placed on Injured Reserve. It’s unknown why Toner is out, but Dorsett is out with an ankle injury.
Texans placed Cole Toner and Phillip Dorsett on IR, placed Ron'Dell Carter and Chris Moore on reserve-COVID-19 list— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) December 29, 2021
The San Francisco 49ers don’t have COVID-19 issues like this of their own. Both squads are now relatively healthy entering this game, except Trey Lance could start over Jimmy Garoppolo. The Texans and 49ers get set to play Sunday at 3:05 p.m. CST.