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With the first of two back to back prime time contests out of the way, the Texans are one of the healthiest teams in the NFL. Of course, most fans might not feel that way after watching their defensive captain getting knocked out for the remainder of the 2012 season. For those who feel that way, just take a look at the Packers.
Let’s get to it…
For the Texans…
Ben Tate: Probable – RB – Tate missed the Texans’ first prime time showdown of the 2012 season with an injured big toe. However, after a couple of light weeks of practice, he will be back on the active roster on Sunday.
Lestar Jean: Probable – WR—The young wide receiver had to have arthroscopic knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus that he sustained in the week 3 match up with the Broncos. After attacking his rehab for a week, he was able to return to the practice field, and should be a go on Sunday night.
Quentin Demps: Out – S – He is still not practicing after having two surgeries to his forearm and thumb. It looks like it could be a couple more weeks before we see Demps back on the active roster on game day.
Brian Cushing: Out – ILB – No surprise here, Brian Cushing is out for the rest of the season due to a questionable block by Matt Slauson. The surprise, for most fans anyway, is the level of play that the Texans should get from his replacement, Tim Dobbins.
For the Packers…
B.J. Raji: Questionable – DT – This would be a massive loss for the Packers. Literally. He’s about 6’2” and tips the scales around 240 lbs. For a team getting prepped to take on one of the most potent running attacks in the NFL, losing the guy who attacks the running game with Raji’s veracity will leave a void in the Packer’s run D.
Jermichael Finley: Questionable – TE – For an offense who hangs their hats on their ability to throw the ball, the Packers have been disappointing to say the least during the start of the 2012 season. Add to their lack luster performance to date to the fact that Finley hasn’t practiced all week with an injured shoulder, and things begin to look even worse.
Greg Jennings: Out – WR – Yet another one of Aaron Rodgers’ favorite targets will not be taking the field on Sunday. He has had a nagging groin injury for the past week, and has been officially been ruled out by Mike McCarthy.
Cedric Benson: Out – RB – For those still pouting about the loss of Cushing, you aren’t alone. The whole state of Wisconsin is feeling the pain after Benson, who had been ripping up big games on the ground, went down with a torn ACL. At least the Texans had someone to step in and play at a high level, the packers just lost their ground game.
This is a tough one to call. I’m taking the Texans over the Packers 27-20.
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