Colts have ruled LB Shaquille Leonard OUT for Sunday’s season opener in Houston. This became pretty obvious when Leonard was not lined up with the starting defense at the start of today’s practice. He’ll need at least another week after offseason back surgery.— Stephen Holder (@HolderStephen) September 9, 2022
The Texans will also be without some key defenders on their side.
Rasheem Green and Mario Addison (thigh injuries) didn't practice today for Texans. Should either or both be sidelined against Colts, Texans have capable potential practice squad option in Demone Harris to add depth— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) September 8, 2022
Defensive ends Rasheem Green and Mario Addison both did not participate in practice on Thursday due to thigh injuries. Both players combined for 13.5 sacks last season on their previous teams and it would be a significant hit to the Texans defensive line depth if they can not play.
Defensive end Demone Harris, who shined throughout the offseason and into the preseason, may have the opportunity to be activated from the practice squad and show what he can do on Sunday, according to Pro Football Network’s Aaron Wilson.
We’ll have more clarity on the Texans injuries Sunday when the team releases its inactive list 90 minutes before kickoff.