On November 8th, when the Texans notched a win against the Jacksonville Jaguars, journeyman linebacker Brennan Scarlett broke his forearm, which resulted in surgery that same week. As these things go, Scarlett found himself on the Injured Reserve list soon thereafter.
However, following the example of heroic leader of men J.J. Watt last year, Scarlett is coming back from IR this week and can resume practicing with the team. This move triggers a 21-day window for the Houston medical staff and coaches to evaluate where Scarlett is along the recovery path. Should they find that Scarlett is truly truly Watt-like in his healing prowess, the Texans can bring him back onto the active roster within that window.
While he’s never been a star player in any sense of the word, Scarlett has been a solid mid-level player, contributing 86 solo tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles in his 53 career games as a Houston Texan.
Speaking of injuries, the report for this week’s upcoming game against the Bears reads as follows:
The Texans currently have three corners on the injury report in Phillip Gaines, Keion Crossen, and John Reid. If you forgot, Gaines is still the one of the Texans’ starting outside cornerbacks with Bradley Roby suspended. Maybe this is what it’s going to take for Lonnie Johnson Jr. to play cornerback again.
Pharoah Brown is still recovering from his concussion, but I’d expect Keke Coutee and Brandin Cooks to play this week.
The Texans face the Bears this Sunday at 12 p.m. at Soldier Field.