At 2-3, the Houston Texans host a struggling St. Louis Rams team on Sunday. Early in the week the team announced they placed starting tight end Owen Daniels on short-term injured reserve with a fractured fibula. Daniels will miss at least the next eight weeks of the season. With Garrett Graham starting in Daniels’ place, the Texans are also hoping they get healthier at receiver.
Andre Johnson continues to deal with injuries this season. He was limited in practice all week with a shin bruise and will be a game-time decision. However, Johnson said he feels better and should play, but you can’t always take a players word for it. Despite dealing with the shin and concussions earlier in the season, Johnson has still started all five games this season and recorded 11 receptions for 407 yards.
In other injury news, the Texans are steadily getting healthier on the offensive line.
Will Play: RG Brandon Brooks (toe), LT Duane Brown (toe), LB Brian Cushing (knee), RB Arian Foster (thumb/chest), S Ed Reed (knee), LB Daryl Sharpton (foot), LG Wade Smith (knee)
After missing last week with a toe injury, it appears starting right guard Brandon Brooks will be ready to play on Sunday. Offensive linemen Duane Brown and Wade Smith are also getting healthier and should play.
Like Johnson, Cushing has had his fair share of injuries this season, but despite the knee injury he suffered last week, the starting inside linebacker should play against St. Louis. Reed and Foster were also limited in practice this week, but should start.
Questionable: WR Andre Johnson (shin), WR Keshawn Martin (shoulder)
Both receivers will be game-time decisions. It appears Johnson has a good chance to play, but Martin’s status is still uncertain at this point. He suffered the shoulder injury in last week’s loss against Seattle and may need a week or two to heal.
Out: TE Owen Daniels (leg), LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring)
Daniels will be out for awhile, and Dobbins was ruled out for the third straight week with a hamstring injury.
Stay tune for more Texans injury updates.