This Saturday at 3:30 p.m. CST, the Texans will play the Colts in the first game of the NFL Playoffs. Houston is no stranger to 3:30 p.m. playoff games, so Saturday is nothing new. The Texans won the AFC South championship by beating the Jaguars and dodging any serious injuries last Sunday. In that win, J.J. Watt hurt his arm a bit, put on a second brace, and was back out there in the second half. This little nick won’t affect his play as Watt gets ready for the Wild Card game against Andrew Luck.
Texans' J.J. Watt on his arm injury: 'It'll be fine by Saturday' https://t.co/p4ohTqM1Xa— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 1, 2019
Johnathan Joseph was inactive for the Jaguars game, but he too is expected to play against the Colts. He’s “trending to returning” on Saturday, and Houston will need him to cover T.Y. Hilton, something the Texans have been unable to do since Hilton arrived in Indy. J-Jo may also need to chip in covering Zach Pascal and Dontrelle Inman.
Texans corner Johnathan Joseph 'trending' toward return Saturday https://t.co/2Z8eoTDvVM— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 1, 2019
Finally, Keke Coutee has been practicing. The same hamstring that’s limited Coutee all year is still bothering him; he has missed ten games because of it. I can’t even remember the last time I saw Coutee play. There’s a chance he could play this weekend. I hold my breath going through every tunnel, but I won’t be with regard to Coutee playing on Saturday.
Texans rookie Keke Coutee has a 'shot' to play in playoff game https://t.co/1ACFdD6PAq— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) January 1, 2019
There you have it. The Texans are relatively healthy for their playoff opener, except for Coutee, who hasn’t played much at all his rookie season.