There’s newer news than the previous news published earlier this week.
In the last day, the Texans signed Danny Amendola and traded Bradley Roby to the Saints. Lost in the shuffle is that Houston added two other cornerbacks. Jimmy Moreland was acquired off waivers. Cre’Von LeBlanc, a member of the Eagles’ bizarre 2018 secondary, along with kicker Joey Slye, will join Houston’s practice squad. Cornell Armstrong was waived with an injury settlement off IR.
New Texans corner Jimmy Moreland, acquired off waivers, will wear No. 22. The Texans also added cornerback Cre'Von LeBlanc to the practice squad. Will wear No. 34.— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 8, 2021
Earlier this week, it was announced that Charlie Heck, after a great preseason where he won most improved Texans player, would start at right tackle. Unfortunately for him, Heck came down with a breakout case of COVID-19 and will miss this Sunday’s game against the Jaguars. Rather than do the right thing and play Tytus Howard at right tackle, the Texans are going to plug Marcus Cannon in at RT. Cannon hasn’t played football in a year, missed the entirety of training camp and preseason, and will now get to take on Jacksonville’s slippery edge rushers K’Lavon Chaisson and Josh Allen.
David Culley on Charlie Heck who tested positive for COVID-19: 'Charlie will not be back this week.' Marcus Cannon is prepping to play right tackle— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 8, 2021
In other injury news, Ka’imi Fairbairn is also out for Sunday. The Texans don’t have another kicker on the roster, though Slye was added to the practice squad. It will either be a Slye call up or going for it on every fourth down with Justin Reid taking over kickoff duties. I guess dreams do come true.
Ka'imi Fairbairn will not kick this week, David Culley said. He's not ready this week— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 8, 2021
As for Deshaun Watson? He won’t play this week. You knew that. Recalibrate. Reload. Reconfigure.
David Culley on Deshaun Watson: 'He will not play for us this week'— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 8, 2021
No kicker. A rusty right tackle. Vernon Hargreaves III starting on the outside. The Texans face plenty of uncertainty when they open the 2021 season against the Jags at NRG Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
UPDATE: Fairbairn has been sent to Injured Reserve.