The Houston Texans continue to plug along in their 2012 campaign largely injury free. Heading into Sunday’s game with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Texans are the healthiest they’ve been in weeks. Most everybody has been practicing at least the last few days even if they don’t make it through the entire week. With the exception of ILB Brian Cushing, 21 of the team’s 22 opening day starters will take the field Sunday.
There are, however, a couple players to worry about. RB Ben Tate will miss his third straight game with a lingering hamstring injury, thus forcing starting RB Arian Foster to once again shoulder much of the weight in the run game. Questionable for Sunday’s contest are TE Owen Daniels (back) and ILB Tim Dobbins (shoulder). Normally, both would probably suit up and play, but given the Jags are the worst team in the NFL at 1-8, the Texans could decide to give each another week’s rest to prepare for the home stretch of their schedule.
Several players are also listed as probable for this week’s game, eleven in total, which is actually slightly down from the number of such players earlier in the season, a sign the team on a whole is getting healthier. These players include QB T.J. Yates (elbow), WR Kevin Walter (groin), WR Lestar Jean (knee), G Wade Smith (knee), DE Antonio Smith (ankle), DT Shaun Cody (ribs/back), ILB Bradie James (thumb), OLB Jesse Nading (foot), DB Alan Ball (ankle), CB Brice McCain (knee), and SS Quintin Demps (thumb/forearm/toe).
The Jaguars, on the other hand, have many more significant injuries. RB Maurice Jones-Drew, last season’s NFL rushing champ, will be missing his fourth straight game due to a nagging foot injury. Jones-Drew is not the only Jaguars definitively ruled out for Sunday, but the team also has questionable injuries to starting QB Blaine Gabbert (shoulder) and starting C Brad Meester (foot). Other starters out for Sunday’s game include FB Greg Jones (thigh), CB Rashean Mathis (groin), and S Dwight Lowery (ankle).
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