Texans Likely To Start O-Line Back-ups Versus Colts

By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans will likely be without starting right tackle Derek Newton and right guard Jeff Allen as both missed practice for the third consecutive day Friday ahead of their match-up Sunday night against the Indianapolis Colts.

Allen has been in the NFL’s concussion protocol since leaving last Sunday’s game at Minnesota with a concussion. Two others that were in the protocol, Jonathan Joseph and

Derek Newton, who missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury, has been dealing with an ankle injury.

In their place the Texans will likely go with Oday Aboushi at right guard in place of Allen and Chris Clark would start in place of Newton. Aboushi has not been active this season after playing in seven games in 2015 for the Texans.

Texans coach Bill O’Brien wouldn’t elaborate on the status of Allen and Newton and said their ability to play will be determined on Sunday.

“That’s going to probably be determined before the game,” O’Brien said. The right side, whoever was in there this week – I thought the line had a good week. Now the deal is they got to do it on Sunday night. We’ll determine – this is probably the first week this year where we really had to probably work some guys out before the game to see if they can play.”

Safety Quintin Demps (calf), tight end Stephen Anderson (hamstring) linebacker Brian Peters (quad) and running back Jonathan Grimes (ankle) were also out of Texans practice Friday.

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