By: Alex Del Barrio, Sportsradio 610By Alex Del Barrio

HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Texans have been dealing with injuries at a variety of positions throughout the season. The position group hit the hardest at the moment is the running back position with practice being very thin in the backfield.

At Wednesday’s practice, the Texans were missing both Alfred Blue and Jonathan Grimes. Grimes is dealing with an illness and Blue is dealing with an injured calf.

Blue has had a strong recent stretch for the Texans averaging 4.7 yards per attempt over the last three games. The Texans as a team have really made an effort to strengthen the running game as they carried the ball for a combined 181 yards on the ground in Sunday’s win over Jacksonville.

Grimes has been inactive for five games already this season missing four games with an injured fibula. Now it appears he will has an illness that kept him from travelling with the team to Jacksonville and won’t be expected back until after the Monday night game against Oaklamd

“It’s something that he’s dealing with right now,” Head Coach Bill O’Brien said. “I expect him back, but not for this game.”

Without Blue and Grimes at practice, the Texans added Kenny Hilliard back to the practice squad a week after they added Akeem Hunt to the active roster.

Starting running back Lamar Miller, who is seventh in the NFL in total rush yards with 720, has been playing with a banged up shoulder and has seen his workload diminish recently to keep his body fresh. Miller has seen his carries dip from as high as 28 carries in the season opener, to just 15 in the most recent outing.

Alex Del Barrio  and Matt Murphy can be heard on Saturday afternoons 4-7 pm  Follow Alex Del Barrio on Twitter: @alexdelbarrio 

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