Team RankingOverallRushingPassing
Offense13th125.6 (9th)236.4 (15th)
Defense28th121.1 (25th)267.2 (29th)
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Roster
NoPlayerPosHeightWeightBirthdateExpCollege
50Adams, Tyrell LB6-22304/11/19924West Georgia
88Akins, Jordan TE6-42434/19/19923UCF
9Anger, Bryan P6-320510/6/19889California
 Ankou, Eli DT6-33256/8/19944UCLA
30Armstrong, Cornell CB6-01859/22/19953Southern Miss
90Blacklock, Ross DT6-32907/9/1998RTCU
86Brown, Pharaoh TE6-62585/4/19943Oregon
14Carter, DeAndre WR5-81904/10/19933Sacramento State
18Cobb, Randall WR5-101958/22/199010Kentucky
51Cole, Dylan LB6-02375/19/19944Missouri State
13Cooks, Brandin WR5-101839/25/19937Oregon State
82Coulter, Isaiah WR6-31909/18/1998RRhode Island
16Coutee, Keke WR5-111871/14/19973Texas Tech
35Crossen, Keion CB5-101854/17/19963Western Carolina
41Cunningham, Zach ILB6-323812/2/19944Vanderbilt
92Dunn, Brandon NT6-23109/5/19925Louisville
56Emanuel, Kyle OLB6-32508/16/19915North Dakota State
7Fairbairn, Ka'imi K6-01831/29/19945UCLA
87Fells, Darren TE6-72704/22/19867California-Irvine
15Fuller, Will WR6-01844/16/19945Notre Dame
73Fulton, Zach G6-53219/23/19917Tennessee
29Gaines, Phillip CB6-01934/4/19917Rice
44Gillaspia, Cullen RB6-22355/12/19952Texas A&M
52Greenard, Jonathan LB6-32635/25/1997RFlorida
96Hall, P.J. DE6-03054/5/19953Sam Houston State
26Hargreaves III, Vernon CB5-102046/3/19955Florida
67Heck, Charlie T6-831111/20/1996RNorth Carolina
71Howard, Tytus T6-53225/23/19962Alabama State
38Howell, Buddy RB6-12183/27/19963Florida Atlantic
25Johnson, Duke RB5-92109/23/19936Miami (FL)
32Johnson, Lonnie CB6-221311/4/19952Kentucky
63Johnson, Roderick T6-630611/28/19954Florida State
31Johnson, David RB6-122412/16/19916Northern Iowa
58Kalambayi, Peter LB6-32546/26/19953Stanford
64Kelemete, Senio G6-33015/10/19908Washington
54Martin, Jake LB6-224212/11/19953Temple
66Martin, Nick C6-42954/29/19935Notre Dame
2McCarron, AJ QB6-32159/13/19906Alabama
59Mercilus, Whitney OLB6-42587/21/19909Illinois
23Murray, Eric FS5-111991/7/19945Minnesota
94Omenihu, Charles DE6-52808/20/19972Texas
76Qvale, Brent T6-73153/11/19916Nebraska
20Reid, Justin SS6-12032/15/19973Stanford
34Reid, John CB5-101875/15/1996RPenn State
21Roby, Bradley CB5-111945/1/19927Ohio State
57Scarlett, Brennan OLB6-42637/31/19935Stanford
74Scharping, Max G6-63278/10/19962Northern Illinois
12Stills, Kenny WR6-12024/22/19928Oklahoma
28Thomas, Michael DB5-111953/17/19907Stanford
78Tunsil, Laremy T6-53138/2/19945Ole Miss
91Watkins, Carlos DE6-329712/5/19934Clemson
4Watson, Deshaun QB6-22159/14/19954Clemson
99Watt, J.J. DE6-52883/22/198910Wisconsin
46Weeks, Jon LS5-102422/17/198611Baylor
Injured Players
22Conley, Gareon (IR) CB6-01906/29/19954Ohio State
53Ejiofor, Duke (IR) LB6-42554/24/19953Wake Forest
 Leonard, Richard (IR) CB5-91709/2/1991RFlorida International
55McKinney, Benardrick (IR) ILB6-425711/19/19926Mississippi State
33Moore, A.J. (IR) SAF5-1120012/15/19953Ole Miss
81Warring, Kahale (IR) TE6-52523/23/19972San Diego State
Practice Squad
98Alufohai, Auzoyah DT6-432010/16/1996RWest Georgia
49Bellamy, Davin LB6-525912/27/19941Georgia
43Chesley, Anthony CB6-01905/31/19951Coastal Carolina
 Ellerbee, Emmanuel LB6-123511/20/19963Rice
48Hall, Nate LB6-22354/6/19961Northwestern
17Hansen, Chad WR6-22021/18/19952California
 Liuget, Corey DT6-23003/18/199010Illinois
 Maher, Brett K6-019011/21/19893Nebraska
65Mancz, Greg G6-43024/23/19926Toledo
11Mitchell, Steven WR5-101865/2/19942USC
75Nkansah, Elijah T6-531512/28/19941Toledo
36Owens, Jonathan SAF5-112107/22/19952Missouri Western State
40Phillips, Scottie RB5-820910/6/1997ROle Miss
24Prosise, C.J. RB6-12255/20/19945Notre Dame
 Ratley, Damion WR6-22004/16/19953Texas A&M
 Smith, Devin WR6-11993/3/19925Ohio State
 
 
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Position Listing
Kyle Emanuel
News
Emanuel is being evaluated for a concussion after exiting Sunday's matchup against the Packers.

The 29-year-old was plucked from the Raiders' practice squad Oct. 13, with Sunday's matchup against Green Bay representing his second appearance as a Texan. Emanuel's absence does not significantly impact Houston on the defensive side, though it depletes the Texans' depth on special teams after he fielded 62 percent of the snaps in that department last Sunday against Tennessee.

Injury
Concussion - Questionable for Week 9 at Jacksonville
Benardrick McKinney
News
McKinney (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 27-year-old was already ruled out for the rest of the 2020 season and is set to undergo shoulder surgery, so this was just a procedural move for the Texans. McKinney totaled 37 tackles in four games and remains under contract with Houston for next year.

Injury
Shoulder - Injured Reserve
Phillip Gaines
News
Gaines (ankle) participated in Sunday's practice, Aaron Wilson reports.

Gaines missed less than a week of practices due to his ankle injury. The depth cornerback should handle his usual minor role during Thursday's season-opener against Kansas City.

Steven Mitchell
News
Mitchell signed with Houston's practice squad on Sunday, Tadd Haislop of SportingNews.com reports.

Mitchell appeared in just three games with the Texans in 2019, but he showed enough in training camp to stick with the team for a third developmental year.

Senio Kelemete
News
Kelemete is slated to sign a one-year extension with the Texans, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Kelemete, who is bouncing back from a wrist issue that slowed him in 2019, is now under contract with the team through 2021. Retaining the 30-year-old gives the Texans added depth and flexibility on their offensive line. Kelemete has experience playing every position up front other than left tackle.

Eric Murray
News
Murray had seven tackles in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1.

Murray is part of a revamped secondary, which was a sore spot in 2019. The unit held up well considering Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes was rarely under pressure. The issues on defense were an inability to stop the running game, limited pressure and missed tackles.

Jake Martin
News
Martin had two tackles and one sack in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs.

Martin came off the edge and got to Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes on the Chiefs' first drive, taking them out of field-goal range. During training camp, Texans defensive coordinator Anthony Weaver talked about a larger role for Martin, who recorded 3.5 sacks while playing 21 percent of the snaps on defense in 2019, but the edge rusher played just 18 snaps (26 percent) Thursday.

Charles Omenihu
News
Omenihu had one tackle and one sack in Sunday's 28-21 loss to Pittsburgh.

Working in a rotation at defensive end, Omenihu recorded a sack for the second straight week. Omenihu, Carlos Watkins and P.J. Hall are rotating at both end spots, getting double the available snaps when J.J. Watt is not on the field.

Brandin Cooks
News
Cooks recorded seven receptions on nine targets for 60 yards in Week 7 against the Packers.

Cooks finished second on the team in both targets and receptions behind Randall Cobb. After recording 21 targets through his first four games in Houston, Cooks has commanded 30 targets in his past three contests and put together a combined line of 24 receptions for 289 yards and two touchdowns. While Will Fuller will likely still be the most productive Texans wideout going forward, Cooks has clearly gained a significant role in the offense. He and the team will be on a Week 8 bye, but draw a positive matchup against the Jaguars in week 9.

Eli Ankou
News
The Texans activated Ankou off the commisioner's exempt list Monday, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

The Colts waived Ankou on Saturday, and the Texans claimed him off waivers. The 26-year-old nose tackle will add depth on the defensive line but isn't expected to have much of an impact without an injury surfacing ahead of him on the depth chart.

Injury
Coach's Decision - Commissioner's Exempt List
Elijah Nkansah
News
Nkansah was promoted to the Texans' active roster Saturday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Nkansah suited up for a pair of games with the Seahawks to end the 2018 regular season, but he's spent this campaign on Houston's practice squad. With Laremy Tunsil (ankle) deemed questionable for Sunday's season finale against the Titans, Nkansah will add depth to the team's offensive front.

Duke Johnson
News
Johnson recorded five receptions on five targets for 43 yards in Week 7 against the Packers. He was stymied for -1 yard on the ground on one carry.

Johnson continued to lack effectiveness on the ground and was nearly completely eliminated from that portion of the gameplan. However, he received his highest target count of the season and converted that to his best yardage total. Even so, he has yet to surpass eight total touches in any game this season. That makes him a risky player to rely upon for consistent production.

Charlie Heck
No Updates
Buddy Howell
News
Howell (hamstring) will be available for Sunday's game versus the Packers.

Howell has missed the last two games, but he played exclusively on special teams in the previous four outings. He likely won't get any tread on offense once again, as David Johnson, Duke Johnson and C.J. Prosise are all healthy heading into Week 7.

C.J. Prosise
News
Prosise signed to the Texans' practice squad Tuesday.

The 26-year-old was released from Houston's active roster Monday but will remain in the organization on the practice squad. Prosise has played in five games this season but has only one carry for one yards while playing five total offensive snaps.

Corey Liuget
News
The Texans signed Liuget to the practice squad Monday, Mark Berman of Fox 26 KRIV reports.

A 2011 first-round pick by the Chargers, Liuget didn't sign with a team to start the 2020 season but will look to climb the Texans' depth chart. He played 10 games last season between the Bills and Raiders, recording 13 tackles and a sack over 180 defensive snaps.

Lonnie Johnson
News
Johnson will continue to work at safety despite the injury to cornerback Bradley Roby (knee), Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports.

The 2019 second-round pick has been working as Houston's third safety throughout the first half of the season, and interim coach Romeo Crennel said, "We'd be doing the kid a bit of a disservice if we keep bouncing him from position to position. Right now, Lonnie is a safety." Johnson has 20 total tackles through seven games and should continue to play a rotational role at safety even if Roby is sidelined.

Emmanuel Ellerbee
News
The Texans signed Ellerbee (undisclosed) to the practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Seahawks waived Ellerbee from IR a couple of weeks ago, and now that the linebacker is healthy, he'll sign with his hometown team with hopes of working his way up the depth chart.

Michael Thomas
News
The Texans have signed Thomas, Aaron Wilson the Houston Chronicle reports.

Thomas logged 47 tackles in 16 games for the Giants last season, while working primarily as a depth safety/cornerback and core special-teamer. That's the the sort of multi-purpose role the 30-year-old figures to handle for the Texans in 2020.

Auzoyah Alufohai
No Updates
Randall Cobb
News
Cobb recorded eight receptions on 10 targets for 95 yards Sunday in the Texans' 35-20 loss to the Packers.

Cobb surprisingly led the Texans wide receiver corps in targets, receptions and yards, out-pacing both Will Fuller and Brandin Cooks in the process. The effort marked his first time reaching double-digit targets in any game this season and the second time he topped 60 yards. Cobb's performance was highlighted by a 28-yard reception late in the second quarter that set up a 41-yard field goal attempt for the team. Despite working primarily out of the slot, Cobb now has five receptions of 20 yards or more this season and has been a beneficiary of Deshaun Watson's explosiveness. Cobb and the Texans will head into Week 8 with a bye and draw a comfortable matchup against the Jaguars in Week 9.

Brandon Dunn
News
Dunn agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract extension with the Texans on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Dunn has been a reliable rotational piece along Houston's defensive line the past three years, playing in 46 of a possible 48 regular-season games. The 27-year-old totaled 25 tackles and recorded his first career sack in 2019.

Damion Ratley
News
The Texans signed Ratley to the practice squad Tuesday, Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports.

Ratley spent four games with the Giants this season and handled a solid workload that didn't translate into much production, as he caught four of nine targets for 63 yards. The 25-year-old will add organizational depth at wide receiver, but he likely won't be promoted unless there's an injury.

Tyrell Adams
News
Adams recorded 10 tackles in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Packers.

Adams continues to fill in credibly for Benardrick McKinney (shoulder) at inside linebacker. He's made 31 tackles in the three weeks without McKinney, who will miss the rest of the season.

Nate Hall
News
Hall was waived by the Cowboys on Friday, Michael Gehlken of The Dallas Morning News reports.

Hall originally latched onto the Cowboys as an undrafted free agent out of Northwestern. The 23-year-old will now have to find another opportunity elsewhere.

Zach Fulton
News
Fulton (back) was a full practice participant Wednesday.

Fulton sustained the back injury during Sunday's loss to the Panthers, but it's apparently a minor issue. The 28-year-old should step back into his starting spot at right guard.

Brennan Scarlett
News
Scarlett recorded career highs in snaps, tackles and sacks over 15 games in 2019.

Scarlett had primarily been a special teams player during his first three years in Houston, but he emerged as a bigger contributor on defense after the Texans traded Jadeveon Clowney to Seattle prior to the start of the season. When taking that into consideration, it's no surprise Scarlett increased his production. Looking a bit deeper, however, it's notable that he dropped over the second half of the season, which suggests the rigors of more playing time -- Scarlett continued as a regular member on special teams -- may have reduced his effectiveness. The second half was also a time when J.J. Watt missed time due to a pectoral injury. Both Scarlett and fellow outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus experienced diminished output with Watt out of the lineup. That could be a reason why Houston fired outside linebackers coach John Pagano. Scarlett has one more year remaining on his contract and could play a significant role on defense in 2020; however, the Texans are expected to make changes to a defensive unit that ranked 28th in 2019. They've replaced defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel with Anthony Weaver and are looking for Pagano's replacement.

DeAndre Carter
News
Carter returned three kickoffs for 66 yards and one punt for 19 yards in Thursday's 34-20 loss to the Chiefs in Week 1.

Carter served as the fifth wideout, a slot that came down to him or Keke Coutee, who was inactive. Carter also played 13 snaps on offense and caught one of two targets for eight yards, but he's not expected to move the needle on offense unless there's an injury.

Duke Ejiofor
News
The Texans placed Ejiofor (knee) on injured reserve Friday.

Ejiofor missed the entire 2019 season due to an Achilles injury, and now a torn ACL will force him to miss another year. It's a tough break for the 25-year-old linebacker, who played in 12 games in his 2018 rookie campaign, recording nine tackles and a sack. Ejiofor will aim to get healthy for the 2021 season.

Injury
Knee - ACL - Injured Reserve
Cornell Armstrong
News
Armstrong (knee) was absent from Thursday's injury report, per Aaron Reiss of The Athletic.

Although the 25-year-old has yet to play this season, he's missed the past two games with the knee issue. It's unclear if Armstrong will suit up for Week 7 against the Packers, but he shouldn't affect much from an IDP perspective.

Justin Reid
News
Reid made six tackles (five solo) in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars.

Reid has been fairly consistent this season, recording either five or six tackles in four of five games this season. The only outlier was a 10-tackle outing Week 2 against the Ravens. His stats don't jump off the page, but Reid is steady and has played nearly every defensive snap this season.

Dylan Cole
News
Cole (knee) practiced without limitations Friday.

Cole was limited for the first two practices of the week, but he's back to full speed. Typically, Cole plays exclusively on special teams. However, with Benardrick McKinney (shoulder) on IR and Peter Kalambayi (hamstring) considered questionable, Cole could handle more reps at inside linebacker Sunday.

Peter Kalambayi
News
Kalambayi (hamstring) is inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Packers.

Kalambayi has been unable to suit up since Week 1, though he hasn't been tabbed for injured reserve at any point. Despite fielding a trio of limited practice sessions throughout the week, Kalambayi remains beleaguered by a nagging hamstring issue and is unable to go against Green Bay.

Injury
Hamstring - Questionable for Week 9 at Jacksonville
Vernon Hargreaves III
News
Hargreaves is re-signing with Houston on a one-year contract, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans cut Hargreaves in February to avoid his fifth-year option salary, hoping to bring him back at a lower price. The 2016 first-round pick was waived by Tampa Bay in November and claimed by Houston shortly thereafter, eventually making two starts in an injury-riddled secondary. Hargreaves will turn 25 this summer and should at least have a shot to compete for a starting job.

Bryan Anger
News
Anger has signed a three-year contract extension with the Texans, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Anger was drafted in 2012 and has played for the Jaguars and Buccaneers before signing with the Texans. In his first year with the club he has averaged 46.2 yards per punt. He has also placed 21 punts inside the 20-yard-line on 71 attempts with only two touchbacks.

Keke Coutee
News
Coutee (coach's decision) has been tabbed as inactive for Sunday's matchup against the Packers.

The 23-year-old lost a fumble during Houston's Week 2 loss to the Ravens, and he hasn't been able to get back in the coaching staff's graces since. Coutee has been a healthy scratch over each of the Texans' four outings since that point, as the team remains deep at the receiver position. There is a possibility Houston makes a deadline move, trading away a WR to bolster another area of the roster. That may be the only situation in which Coutee re-enters the offense in a contributing role this season.

Gareon Conley
News
Coach Romeo Crennel said Conley (ankle) still doesn't have a clear timeline to return to the lineup, Aaron Reiss of The Athletic reports. "He's had second opinions," Crennel said. "But they haven't been able to pinpoint anything definite."

Conley is struggling to get healthy after undergoing August ankle surgery, and it appears it will be a few more weeks before Conley returns to practice and is designated to return from IR. He's served the minimum three-week stint on IR and is eligible to return to action at any point. The Texans could use the help -- their defense ranks 26th with 30.3 points allowed per game -- although there's a decent chance Conley won't be a starter upon return.

Injury
Ankle - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
John Reid
News
The Texans selected Reid in the fourth round of the 2020 NFL Draft, 141st overall.

The Penn State product has ideal change-of-direction ability that allows him to stick to receivers in coverage. He ran a 3.97 in the short shuttle at the combine, which is in the 90th percentile for cornerbacks. Reid is on the smaller side at 5-foot-10 and 187 pounds and he's at an advanced age for a rookie as he'll be 24 in May, so the clock is ticking for him to make an impact. He'll compete for snaps at nickel in Houston.

Keion Crossen
News
Crossen (hamstring) is active for Sunday's matchup against Jacksonville.

The West Carolina product has yet to see a snap on the defensive side of the football this season, but he has played an involved role for the Texans in another respect, fielding at least 84 percent of the special-teams workload in every game. Crossen will be out there in Week 5 against divisional rival Jacksonville, as Houston looks to pick up its first win of 2020.

Greg Mancz
News
Mancz is practicing after undergoing ankle surgery this offseason, John McClain of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Mancz underwent arthroscopic ankle surgery back in January but has since made a full recovery. Look for the reserve offensive lineman to compete for a spot on the Texans' regular-season roster ahead of Week 1.

Kahale Warring
News
Coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday that he doesn't anticipate evaluating Warring (undisclosed) for a return from IR until after the Texans' Week 8 bye, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.

Warring has been eligible to return from IR since early October, but it doesn't look as though he's yet close to fully recovering from his undisclosed injury. The Texans will hope to get the second-year tight end back sometime in November.

Injury
Undisclosed - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Brett Maher
News
The Texans signed Maher to the practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Houston's starting kicker Ka'imi Fairbairn has been perfect over the last three weeks, drilling nine field goals and nine extra points without a miss. Maher will add depth in case things get derailed. Last season with the Cowboys, Maher connected on 20 of 30 field goals and hit all 36 extra-point attempts.

Jon Weeks
No Updates
Roderick Johnson
News
The Texans signed Johnson to a one-year, $1.75 million contract Friday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Johnson stands to provide the Texans with key depth at offensive tackle behind Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) and Tytus Howard (knee). He started three games for Houston last season.

Nick Martin
News
Martin signed a three-year, $33 million extension with the Texans on Tuesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.

Martin came into the 2019 season on the final year of his rookie deal. The 26-year-old started in 30 games for Houston over the last two seasons.

A.J. Moore
News
Moore (hamstring) has been ruled out of the remainder of Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

It's unclear how Moore suffered the injury, however, it's serious enough to have him immediately ruled out of the game. As long as Moore is sidelined, expect Eric Murray to handle the bulk of the strong safety snaps.

Injury
Hamstring - Injured Reserve. Expected Return - Week 9
Darren Fells
News
Houston interim head coach Romeo Crennel said Fells was not targeted in Sunday's loss to the Packers because of how the opponent was defending, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Crennel said the wide receivers were able to get open and make plays, so it would appear the game dictated receiver usage. It was curious to see Fells, who has three touchdown receptions, without a catch or target in 78 snaps Week 7. The 6-foot-7 tight end usually presents a large target in the red zone, but the Texans had to settle for field goals on two trips inside the 20. The Texans are on a bye Week 8, and Crennel hopes tight Jordan Akins (ankle) will be ready to play Week 9 against the Jaguars, which will crimp Fells' playing time.

Deshaun Watson
News
Watson completed 29 of 39 pass attempts for 309 yards and two touchdowns in Week 7 against the Packers. He also added seven rushes for 38 yards.

Watson couldn't keep pace with Aaron Rodgers but managed to reach 300 passing yards for the fourth consecutive game. While he was able to average 7.9 yards per attempt, Watson didn't gash the Packers for many long plays, with the longest gain coming on a dump off to Duke Johnson for 30 yards. He also threw multiple touchdowns for fifth consecutive contest, finding the end zone on passes from three and six yards respectively. Watson and the Texans will draw their bye in Week 8, but will retake the field to take on Jacksonville in Week 9.

Zach Cunningham
News
Cunningham recorded 11 tackles in Sunday's 35-20 loss to Green Bay.

Cunningham was a standout during another poor performance by Houston's defense. It was the fifth time in seven games he's reached double-digit tackles.

Jonathan Greenard
News
Greenard (ankle) was a full participant for Wednesday's practice.

Greenard was inactive for Thursday's opener against Kansas City with the ankle issue but appears to be ready for a return. Now healthy, Greenard should expect to handle depth linebacker duties for Week 2 against Baltimore.

Richard Leonard
Injury
Cullen Gillaspia
News
Gillaspia (hamstring) was a full participant during Thursday's practice.

Gillaspia was upgraded Thursday after he was limited during Wednesday's practice. The 25-year-old missed last week's game with the hamstring issue, but he's expected to play as he did in Weeks 2 and 3. Expect Gillaspia to assume his normal starting fullback role for Week 5 against Jacksonville.

David Johnson
News
Johnson carried the ball 14 times for 42 yards in Week 7 against the Packers. He added four receptions for 42 yards a touchdown.

Johnson wasn't able to get much going on the ground, averaging just 3.0 yards per rush. He did show some explosiveness on a 13-yard carry late in the third quarter, but did most of his damage as a receiver. Notably, Johnson hauled in receptions of 16 and 15 yards while also finding the end zone on a three-yard catch. Though he has yet to reach 100 yards on the ground this season, Johnson has gotten a consistent workload and also recorded four touchdowns in seven contests to this point. He and Texans draw a Week 8 bye.

P.J. Hall
News
Hall (illness) is active for Sunday's matchup against Green Bay.

Hall suddenly appeared on the injury report Saturday afternoon, though his reported illness was found to be a non-COVID issue. The 25-year-old is feeling well enough to log his sixth consecutive start, as Houston readies for a battle with Green Bay's third-ranked scoring offense. Hall is coming off what may be his finest performance of 2020 thus far, having recorded one QB hit and a season-high seven solo tackles against the Titans in Week 6.

Ka'imi Fairbairn
News
Fairbairn converted two of three field-goal attempts and both extra-point kicks in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Packers.

Fairbairn shanked a 38-yard attempt, just his second miss of the season, but benefitted from two stalled red-zone trips to register eight points. It was the third time in the last four games he's had multiple field goals.

Will Fuller
News
Fuller caught three of six targets for 35 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Packers.

Fuller extended his touchdown streak to five consecutive games, when he caught Houston's final score with under two minutes remaining. That salvaged a low-wattage effort in which he had his fewest receptions and yards during a game not impacted by injury. He'll look to extend his scoring run Week 8 on the road against Jacksonville.

AJ McCarron
News
McCarron completed 21 of 36 passes for 225 yards and an interception in the team's Week 17 loss to the Titans. He added five rushes for 39 yards and a score.

McCarron led the team on an impressive opening drive that resulted in a touchdown, completing four of seven passes for 49 yards. However, he was able to orchestrate only one more scoring drive, capping a 16-play, 75-yard drive with a one-yard rushing touchdown late in the third quarter. McCarron is set to be a free agent at the conclusion of the season and should find a role as a backup, whether in Houston or elsewhere.

Kenny Stills
News
Stills caught two of four targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 35-20 loss to the Packers.

Stills was held under 50 yards for the seventh time in seven games and has scored just once this season. He played 22 snaps, 32 percent of the offensive snaps, which is right at this season average. As long as others stay healthy, there's little hope for Stills to make a fantasy impact from week to week. With Houston's 1-6 record, Stills could be moved at the Nov. 3 trade deadline, which could give him fantasy relevance on a new team.

Isaiah Coulter
News
Coulter (neck) was activated off IR on Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Coulter will have an extra week to get up to speed, as Houston's on bye in Week 8 before a Week 9 trip to Jacksonville. The rookie fifth-round pick out of Rhode Island will likely make his NFL debut against the Jaguars, though he's likely to start primarily in a special teams role.

Jordan Akins
News
Coach Romeo Crennel said Monday that he expects Akins (concussion/ankle) to be available against Jacksonville in Week 9, Drew Dougherty of the Texans' official site reports.

Akins has missed three straight games while dealing with a concussion as well as an ankle injury, but it appears as though he's set to return to action after the Texans' bye. The 28-year-old served as Houston's clear top tight end during the first three games of the season, so if he's indeed able to fully clear the concussion protocol for Week 9, he'll stand to resume handling No.1 reps.

Injury
Ankle - Questionable for Week 9 at Jacksonville
Pharaoh Brown
News
Brown was not targeted in Sunday's 35-20 loss to Green Bay.

Brown lined up as the second tight end for a third straight game but was given little attention. Since Jordan Akins (ankle) has been sidelined, Brown has three catches on three targets over the last three weeks. Once Akins returns, Brown will be relegated to third string.

Davin Bellamy
No Updates
Max Scharping
News
Scharping was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The move means Scharping has either tested positive for the virus or come in close contact with someone who is infected. It's unclear how long the 24-year-old will be sidelined.

Injury
Illness - Reserve - COVID-19
Laremy Tunsil
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Tunsil will sign a three-year, $66 million extension with the Texans that includes $57.85 million guaranteed, NFL.com reports.

The deal that sent Tunsil and Kenny Stills from the Dolphins to the Texans last August included Houston sending Miami two-first round picks, so it's not surprising that retaining the star offensive tackle was an offseason priority. The 6-foot-5, 313-pounder was the No. 13 overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Tytus Howard
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Howard (ankle) is officially active for Sunday's game against Baltimore.

Howard will make the start despite only suiting up in limited fashion for practice during the week. Now healthy, Howard is expected to handle his usual starting role at right tackle.

Ross Blacklock
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Blacklock played a season-high 32 percent of defensive snaps and recorded his first tackle for a loss in the Week 6 loss to the Titans.

Blacklock, Houston's top draft pick in 2020, has played in all but one game and has recorded four tackles. The second-round pick was held out of the Pittsburgh game for disciplinary reasons. At 1-5, the Texans outwardly state the season is about winning as many games as possible, per Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle, but they could eventually use the disappointing season to develop rookies.

Scottie Phillips
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The Texans promoted Phillips from their practice squad Thursday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The undrafted rookie out of Mississippi was among Houston's final roster cuts over the weekend, but it didn't take long for him to earn a callup from the practice squad. For the time being, he'll slot in as the fourth man on the depth chart at running back behind David Johnson, Duke Johnson and Buddy Howell. None of the three are listed on Houston's injury report ahead of Thursday's season opener at Kansas City, so Phillips could find himself among the Texans' seven inactive players for the contest.

Brent Qvale
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Qvale signed with the Texans on Friday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The 29-year-old offensive tackle will add depth to the Texans' offensive line, as Laremy Tunsil (shoulder) and Tytus Howard (knee) have locked down starting roles for 2020. Qvale has played in 63 games, starting 15, over the past five seasons.

Devin Smith
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Smith signed with the Texans' practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of The Houston Chronicle reports.

Smith spent training camp with the Cowboys and failed to make the final roster, so he'll move a few hours south to work as a scout team receiver. The 2015 second-round pick likely won't be activated unless an injury arises on the active roster.

Jonathan Owens
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Owens was signed to Houston's practice squad Monday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

The Texans released Owens following last Thursday's win over the Colts, but they opted to bring him back after he cleared waivers Monday.

Bradley Roby
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Coach Romeo Crennel relayed Monday that Roby will undergo further tests to determine the severity of his knee injury, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Roby left this past Sunday's loss to the Packers after just three defensive snaps, and he's in danger of missing more time. Working in his favor is the Texans' upcoming Week 8 bye, but the tests should provide a better idea of Roby's recovery timeline. The 2014 first-round pick has struggled in coverage this season, yielding a 101.0 passer rating and three touchdowns when targeted. Phillip Gaines likely would start at cornerback if Roby is forced to miss time.

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Knee - Questionable for Week 9 at Jacksonville
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Whitney Mercilus
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Mercilus had one tackle, a sack and recovered a fumble in Sunday's 30-14 win over the Jaguars.

The fumble recovery was Mercilus' first of the season and led to the Texans' final points. He has just 13 tackles over five games, but Mercilus has three sacks the last two weeks.

J.J. Watt
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Watt had four tackles, a sack, a pass defensed and a forced fumble in Sunday's 42-36 loss to Tennessee.

With Tennessee offensive tackle Taylor Lewan hurt, Watt schooled his replacement, Ty Sambrailo, to strip sack Ryan Tannehill. The fumble was recovered by teammate Jacob Martin at the Titans four-yard line and set up Houston's first lead of the day late in the third quarter. The sack was Watt's first since Week 2 and gives him a team-high three.

Chad Hansen
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Hansen (undisclosed) signed to the Texans' practice squad on Sunday after having been waived during roster cuts, Tadd Haislop of SportingNews.com reports.

Hansen suffered an undisclosed injury during a scrimmage late August, but he looks to have put the issue behind him. The 25-year-old hasn't suited up for regular-season action since appearing in 15 games with the Jets in 2017.

Carlos Watkins
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Watkins had two tackles and one sack in Sunday's 28-21 loss to the Steelers.

Watkins is part of a rotation at defensive end along with Charles Omenihu and P.J. Hall. Both Watkins and Omenihu recorded sacks Sunday. Watkins, a four-year veteran out of Clemson, had a season-high 34 snaps against Pittsburgh.