By Danny Cox
A few weeks ago, the Houston Texans would have welcomed a trip to Jacksonville to face off with the winless Jaguars and end their six-game losing streak. Now, they head to Jacksonville with a 10-game losing streak to face a Jaguars team that has won three of their last four, including one against these very Texans.
This is not going to be a pushover game by any stretch of the imagination, as the Jags have come out with fire these past few weeks and are trying to prove a point to the rest of the NFL.
Houston now needs to do the same and prove to the rest of the league that they won’t be the losers of 11 straight games and also won’t be swept by the Jaguars, who didn’t get their first victory until week 10.
The injury report for the Houston Texans is incredibly long this week, but it isn’t one that should cause much trouble. There are no players listed as out or doubtful, so that’s very good news right off the bat.
One player is listed as questionable and that is fullback Greg Jones. He is dealing with a knee injury that has hampered him a bit and kept him limited in practice most of this week, but he should be ready to go by game time on Thursday night. Reserve running back Dennis Johnson could possibly step in if Jones can’t go.
The rest of the injury report is quite lengthy, but all remaining players on it are listed as probable.
Running back Ben Tate, who had a great game against the New England Patriots last week, was limited in practice this week but should be ready. He has been dealing with knee and ankle issues, but he won’t be kept off of the field.
The same can be said for starting center Chris Myers and left guard Wade Smith, who are dealing with elbow and knee injuries respectively. They were limited throughout much of the week, but will start on the offensive line on Thursday to open holes for Tate and protect Case Keenum.
Defensively, a whole collection of players are listed with limited participation in practice and some minor injuries, but there shouldn’t be any setbacks. One of the bigger concerns was starting strong safety D.J. Swearinger’s foot injury, but he was a full-go at practice and will be ready in Jacksonville.
The Texans have got to stop this bleeding in their win/loss record and with a healthy team, they should be able to do it. Jacksonville has been on a bit of a roll lately, but Houston has the ability and the talent and the health to beat them. Their only way to accomplish that feat now…is to go out and do it.
- FB Greg Jones – Knee
- CB Kareem Jackson – Ribs
- CB Johnathan Joseph – Groin
- S Shiloh Keo – Neck
- ILB Joe Mays – Knee
- CB Brice McCain – Hamstring
- OLB Whitney Mercilus – Hip
- ILB Mike Mohamed – Hamstring
- C Chris Myers – Elbow
- T Derek Newton – Knee
- ILB Darryl Sharpton – Knee
- DE Antonio Smith – Not Injury Related
- G Wade Smith – Knee
- S Jawanza Starling – Hamstring
- SD.J. Swearinger – Foot
- ILB Jeff Tarpinian – Groin
- RB Ben Tate – Ribs/Ankle
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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. Danny is a freelance writer covering all things NFL. His work can be found on Examiner.com.