HOUSTON -- Suddenly the Houston Texans are broken. Not as a franchise, and not their season. Not metaphorically broken. Actually broken. Like with injuries.
Out for Sunday's game against Tennessee are cornerback Johnathan Joseph, linebacker Bradie James, linebacker Brooks Reed, right offensive tackle Derek Newton and guard Antoine Caldwell. But that's only the surface of the story. Houston is already missing linebacker Brian Cushing and offensive tackle Rashad Butler, who are both out for the year.
Of course, the Texans are still 10-1. They've survived.
"They've always got a list of guys that we can hopefully pull from and the depth that we had to replace on this football team starting the year," coach Gary Kubiak said Thursday. "When you go back and look at the depth that we lost starting this year and the challenges we had, they've done a hell of a job and I think the coaches have done a tremendous job of catching some guys up real, real fast."
Compared to last season, when...