HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans continued to be bit by the injury bug in their 31-13 loss to the Vikings on Sunday losing several players mid-game including cornerback Jonathan Joseph, guard Jeff Allen and tight end Ryan Griffin to concussions. As a result, the Texans released their longest injury report of the season on Wednesday after practice.
Eight Texan players did not participate in practice Wednesday. The non-participants included the three in the concussion protocol as well as tight end Stephen Anderson (hamstring), safety Quintin Demps (calf), Jonathan Grimes (ankle), tackle Derek Newton (ankle), and linebacker Brian Peters (quad).
Texans head coach Bill O’Brien seemed confident that the Texans would see Joseph, Allen, and Griffin back for Sunday when they face the Colts at NRG Stadium.
“They’re still in the protocol,” O’Brien said. “I think Griffin, J-Jo and Jeff Allen are still basically in the protocol Whatever that means. Again, I’m not an M.D.”
In addition to those who did not practice, the Texans had an additional four players listed as “limited” on the Wednesday injury report. Tackle Duane Brown was limited with a knee injury. Wideouts Braxton Miller, Will Fuller and cornerback Kareem Jackson were limited with hamstring injuries.
O’Brien seemed puzzled about the local media’s need to ask about injuries on a daily basis.
“I get a ton of injury questions in here,” O’Brien said. ” I always think about it. I always wonder why you guys are so into the injuries, but I do understand.”
O’Brien then joked that they don’t get a pass from the other teams in the league when they have players out.
“What are we going to do? ‘Hey look, can we take another week before we play this game so these guys can get healthy?’ That’s not even on the table,” O’Brien said. “Next guy steps up. We go play the game. Let’s do the best we can.”
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