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Houston Texans Injury News: Will Fuller, J.J. Watt Return To Practice; Tashaun Gipson To IR

Some mixed news for the Texans.

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The Texans began preparation for their Wild Card matchup Saturday against the Bills and received some good news regarding two of the team’s most important players, but some disheartening news for another.

According to reports, the Texans are activating J.J. Watt from injured reserve after suffering a torn pectoral muscle in Week 8 against the Raiders.

In a corresponding move, the team is placing safety Tashaun Gipson on injured reserve, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

Gipson played and started in 14 games this season and played a key role to the improvement of the secondary. However, Gipson has been playing banged up for majority of the year and is not healthy for the NFL Playoffs.

Will Fuller V is also back in action at practice, a good sign that he should be available for Saturday’s game.

The Texans are 8-3 in games where Fuller plays this season and 2-4 in games without him. Having Fuller in action Saturday would certainly help the Texans.

Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle also reported that several Texans who did not play Sunday against the Titans are practicing today — another good sign for Saturday.