Well, it looks like your Houston Texans will be rolling into Sunday’s matchup against the Cleveland Browns short-handed.
Adam Schefter reported on Saturday that David Johnson will be heading to IR, which carries a minimum three week absence.
Texans placing RB David Johnson on IR today; he’s out a minimum of three weeks.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 14, 2020
Not only that, but Aaron Wilson reported that Dylan Cole will be joining Da. Johnson on IR.
Texans also placed Dylan Cole on injured reserve with a back injury— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 14, 2020
This comes after hearing that Gareon Conley will not be making an appearance for the Texans this year, or possibly ever moving forward, given his pending free agency. An already thin depth chart for most positions on the defensive side of the ball just keeps getting thinner. Cole hasn’t had much of an impact on anything outside of special teams this year, and him going back to IR is unfortunate because he was just activated off the COVID-19 list a few days ago. This means that Tyrell Adams has become more vital to this defense as the list behind him grows shorter.
After David Johnson suffered a concussion during last Sunday’s win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, his status for this week was questionable at best. In the interest of not speculating on the severity of a serious injury like a concussion, we all wish David a speedy and full recovery.
However, this does mean that we’ll be seeing Duke Johnson Jr. much more than usual. In replacement for DJ last week, Duke provided 41 yards rushing on 16 attempts while also hauling in 32 yards through the air. Duke also fumbled once during the game, so his ball security should be something to keep an eye out for this weekend.
In a correlating move, the Texans brought up C.J. Prosise to the active roster; perhaps we’ll see some variety out of Houston’s backfield against the Browns tomorrow.
Texans place David Johnson, Dylan Cole on IR, elevate C.J. Prosise, Corey Liuget, Nate Hall, Greg Mancz, rule out Charles Omenihu (hamstring), Josh McCown (non-injury reasons): https://t.co/6hUlWWMACi— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) November 14, 2020
At this point, I only have one phrase to refer to the Texans’ 2020 season moving forward: “STOP THE COUNT!”