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After destroying the Fins is week one of the NFL regular season, the Texans look to take on a wounded Jacksonville Jaguars team. Your Texans bounced back from a few nagging injuries in the preseason, and are now one of the healthiest teams in pro football. So without any further ado…
For the Texans…
Brian Braman : Questionable – OLB – He won the hearts of Texans fans last season when he lost his helmet, and then proceeded to lead with his head in making a tackle on a punt. He did not play or practice at all last week, but he did work his way back on to the field on Wednesday. Unfortunately, he was pulled from practice on Friday when his hamstring began to act up on him. Gary Kubiak said he will be a game time decision, but I would be surprised to see the second year OLB this week.
For the Jags…
Cameron Bradfield : Out – RT – Blane Gabbert would probably have been spent a good deal of time running for his life if his right tackle was healthy, but thanks to a badly sprained ankle, Brooks Reed and J.J. Watt could have another big game this week.
Eben Britton : Questionable – LG – Yet another of the Jags’ O-Lineman to suffer an ankle injury this season, Britton’s injury kept him from practicing at all this week. While his injury is less severe than Bradfield’s, I still doubt that he will make an appearance again those Bulls on Parade.
Derek Cox : Out – CB – This, in my opinion, is one of the most significant injuries of this game. Without question, Cox is the Jaguars best cover corner. His pulled hamstring is something that kept him from practicing all week and will keep him from covering 80, 18, 83, or 82 on Sunday.
Daryl Smith : Out – LB – The Jags will miss the presence of 9 year veteran Smith as they try to contain one of the most balance backfields in pro football. Smith suffered a groin injury during the preseason, which has caused him to miss the first two games of the regular season. He is a big loss in Jacksonville’s run defense, having been around 100 tackles for the past 3 years.
And that’s that…
It looks like this game should be handled easily by the Texans. Texans over the Jags, 24-13
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