Found October 29, 2012 on State of the Texans:
The Houston Texans are coming off their much needed bye week and they are heading into their official halfway point of the season when they match up with the Buffalo Bills. The Texans have a few personnel issues they must deal with in the coming days to make sure the team is tightened up for the stretch run. At the current moment, the team has an active roster of 52 players with rookie defensive end David Hunter hitting the injured reserve last week. The good thing is that the Texans are not dealing with “huge” issues, but with depth at a premium at the NFL level the team knows all to well that having the 53 man roster at full strength is a high priority. There were a few questions that the Texans were dealing with heading into the Baltimore Ravens game but decided to sit on the current roster and deal with movement heading out of the bye week. Let’s take a look.   Quintin Demps is scheduled to return. Demps is returning after injuring his thumb against the Denver Broncos, which required surgery.  Then the following week he broke his forearm against the Tennessee Titans, which also required surgery. Almost a full month of recovery time, Demps looks to be scheduled to return against the Buffalo Bills. The Texans did not put him on the injured reserve but sat him on the active roster while healing.  They brought back Troy Nolan to fill his spot as the third safety in dime packages for the defense. Nolan has been an adequate stop-gap for the three weeks but the Texans will have to make the decision on what to do with Nolan. The team came out of camp with 4 safeties (Danieal Manning, Glover Quin, Shiloh Keo and Demps), but now they will have five with Demps returning. Trying to figure out if keeping 5 safeties is necessary will be the question, especially with issues in special teams. Shiloh Keo has been lack luster in special teams and is a last resort when it comes to defense, but Nolan who lacks top end speed and is a sub par tackler can be a liability at times. Alan Ball will play safety before Keo, so there are six players who can play the safety position for the Texans. Keo and Nolan could be uneasy knowing Demps is coming back because there might be an issue with running back depth.   How bad is Ben Tate’s Hamstring? The Texans only had one real injury last week with Ben Tate coming out of the game late in the second half after injuring his hamstring on a run. Tate has been dealing with injury issues the entire season, a toe that caused him to miss the New York Jets game and now the hamstring. Arian Foster and Justin Forsett are more than capable to handle the workload but you never know when a third running back might be needed. If Tate is out for any extended period of time, the team will have to look for a third back that can help in special teams, but most importantly know the offensive system. This issue of Tate goes with the decision we discussed above. If Tate is out, the Texans will have to make a move on one of their defensive backs to free up a spot for another running back. The Texans currently have rookie Davin Maggett on the practice squad so he could be a possibility that could come at a bargain basement price. Let’s hope we don’t have to find out.   Who will be the 4th defensive end? Lamar Divens, Texans defensive lineman. 6-3 340 lbs. Tim Jamison (Achilles) and David Hunter (Foot) both hit the injured reserve within a week of each other and that leaves the defense with three healthy defensive ends. J.J. Watt, Antonio Smith and Jared Crick put together an impressive showing against the Ravens last Sunday, but once again it is important to keep your players as fresh as they can be. Earl Mitchell has also filled in at defensive end and has done some good work, so that gives the front office some flexibility to either look for another defensive end or possibly another nose tackle. The Texans have the spot open to make an easy move and will not have to adjust too much for this potential move. On the practice squad, recently signed defensive lineman Lamar Divens could be the move, but last week the Texans also worked out: Texans tried out Terrell McClain, Jarius Wynn and Malcolm Sheppard — Aaron Wilson (@RavensInsider) October 24, 2012   This will be the one definite move for the Texans heading into the game with Buffalo. What do you think the moves will be?     You can follow Patrick on Twitter.  He is the Editor of State of the Texans.          

Texans Frustrated With Ben Tate?

Texans head coach Gary Kubiak has been frustrated with running back Ben Tate as he hasn’t been able to stay healthy this season. “My biggest level of concern with Tate is just keeping him on the field,” Kubiak said, per Tania Ganguli of the Houston Chronicle. “It seems like it’s been one thing after another. If it’s not the toe, the hamstring. This has been going on for...

Tate's health issues leave Texans' running attack short-handed

The Houston Texans take a lot of pride in being able to control the ball. They lead the NFL with an average time of possession of 35 minutes, 23 seconds. They ranked first last season, too. Coach Gary Kubiak believes it's a necessity for an offense to have two good running backs it can count on if it plans to run effectively and use the clock. Houston has one back it can...

AFC-leading Texans back to work after bye

The Houston Texans secured the AFC's best record before using their bye for a long break to rest and recharge. Now they chase their goal of reaching the Super Bowl. The first task comes when they host Buffalo on Sunday. The biggest concern for the Texans (6-1) out of the bye week is depth at running back with Ben Tate hampered by a hamstring injury. Coach Gary Kubiak hoped...

Terrell McClain signed by the Texans

The Houston Texans have announced that former 3rd round pick (2011) Terrell McClain has been signed to the active roster to replace David Hunter who was placed on the injured reserve. McClain is 6-2 300 lbs. and has spent time with the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots before finding his way to Houston. Considered a bust by some experts, the University of South Florida...

Texans built for sustained success

Editor’s Note: When we contacted Barrett Walton about contributing to our pick segment last week we also asked what his thoughts were on how the Texans were sitting heading into the second half of the season. I think he warned me once previously, when he did a Q&A interview for us during the offseason, that brevity was not a strong suit. He gave us way more insight than we...

Texans add DT McClain to roster

The Houston Texans filled a roster spot by picking up defensive tackle Terrell McClain, a former third round pick, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. McClain was selected by the Carolina Panthers last year and released him during the summer. He was briefly with the New England Patriots this season. Houston had placed defensive end David Hunter on injured reserve after he...

Reliant Stadium adds AstroTurf

Reliant Stadium has installed removable AstroTurf to be used for non-NFL events. The retractable roof stadium has had removable natural grass since it opened in 2002. The Texans will continue to play on the natural grass. The AstroTurf will be used for other events such as high school and college football games. Mark Miller, general manager of SMG-Reliant Park says: ''we...
NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.