The bye came at the perfect time for a team that was starting to get a little banged up, but after a week of rest it’s time for the Texans to get back to work as they play host to the Bills. While the Texans are still a little nicked up, they’re still better off than most of the teams in the NFL…including the Bills.

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For the Texans…

Ben Tate: Out – RB – The bye week gave Tate some much needed time to heal, but it was enough. He is still suffering from a strained hamstring, and Gary Kubiak ruled him out for Sunday. This could be more serious than originally anticipated as the Texans signed rookie RB Jonathan Grimes to the active roster to help solidify the back field.

Quentin Demps: Probable – S – Demps told me on Friday that he felt 100% for the first time since he had consecutive surgeries on his forearm and thumb. He said that he is able to tackle again, which is what has kept him out for the past two weeks, according to the head coach.

Daryl Sharpton: Out – LB – While we haven’t seen Sharpton at all this season, save for a few days in training camp, it’s a good sign that he hasn’t been placed on season ending IR. The word on Kirby is that he is slowly but surely inching closer to towards the field. He would be a sight for sore eyes for a linebacking corp that is missing it’s star player.

For the Bills…

Mark Anderson: Out – DE – Because most fans will be watching Mario Williams make his return to Reliant Stadium on Sunday, they probably wouldn’t be notice the absence of Anderson. Texans OL coach Bill Kollar noticed though, and he isn’t upset that his guys won’t line up across from him.

Cordy Glenn: Doubtful – LT – What has two thumbs, and is probably isn’t going to have to deal with the headache of blocking J.J. Watt? Well…pretty much everyone on the planet. But I feel fairly confident that you can add Glenn to that group of people as well. Which puts backup tackle Chris Hairston in a tough spot.

Chad Rinehart: Out – G – Yet another lineman for the Bills that won’t be suiting up come Sunday. Rinehart’s ankle is still a major issue for him in both pass pro and in the run game. That very likely means Smith, Watt and Cody could be very active during the game.

Kyle Williams: Questionable – DT – If the Bills are missing half of their starting D-line, expect to get a big day of production from Arian Foster and Justin Forsett.

The Bills are struggle to stay in 3rd place in a very weak AFC East. They will need a huge day offensively and in the special teams game to leave Houston with a win. I’m calling it Texans over the Bills 27-17.

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