By Alex Del Barrio


These are the notes and quotes you need to know from the Texans on Thursday, September  24.


Injury News

Hopkins started feeling signs of a concussion on Monday, the day after the team lost to Carolina on Sunday. Hopkins was once again out for Thursday’s practice as he continues to go through the NFL’s concussion protocol.

Jonathan Grimes was also out for the second straight day with an injured knee. Bill O’Brien said he would be a game time decision for Sunday against the Bucs. >>> Story Link

The following players did not practice on Thursday: S Lonnie Ballentine (Knee), LT Duane Brown (Hand), WR DeAndre Hopkins (concussion), RB Jonathan Grimes (knee), LB Mike Mohamed (calf)

The following players were limited participants in practice on Wednesday: TE CJ Fiedorowicz (knee), RB Arian Foster (groin), G Xavier Su’a-Filo (ankle/calf).

The following players were full participants in practice: T Chris Clark (knee/elbow), T Derek Newton (elbow)

Foster Likely Out For Tampa Bay

Arian Foster says there is still no timetable for his return to game action. Sara Eckert has an update>>> Story Link

Texans WR Ready To Play If Hopkins Is Out

It could be next man up for the Texans wide receiving core if DeAndre Hopkins is unable to play on Sunday as he recovers from a concussion. Sara Eckert has more on the “next man up” mentality as they took ahead to their week three match-up with Tampa Bay >>> Story Link

Texans Thin At Running Back

With Arian Foster’s return still unsure and Jonathan Grimes a game-time decision. The Texans currently have only two healthy running backs on the 53 man roster healthy for Sunday’s game against Tampa Bay.

Bill O’Brien said it would be unlikely that newly signed practice squad running back Daryl Richardson would be able to play in Sunday’s game as he gets acclimated to the offense.

O’Brien would not elaborate, but did say there could be other options available to them.

“There’s other guys we could use back there, let me put it to you that way,” O’Brien said.

When asked if one of those options could be JJ Watt O’Brien joked, “You never know.” “I think I’d have to check with  Mr. (Bob) McNair on that one.”

Wilfork Frustrated; Wants To See What the Defense Can Become

Vince Wilfork was frustrated after the Texans second loss of the season to Carolina and made it known afterwards. Wilfork elaborated on his frustrations after practice on Thursday.

“My frustration was all about how we didn’t come to play, how we just missed opportunities, how inconsistent we were. That doesn’t define this team, and there’s a reason I came here, because we’re a lot better than what we’ve been showing”

Wilfork knows that the Texans defense, because of the impact players on it, has the chance to be great if they can put things together for an entire game.

“We’re all very close. When you have a guy like that and J.J. (Watt) on the other side, let me tell you. Once we execute and once we get it going, it’s going to be fun, Wilfork said.

“When it happens and once we understand who we are and how we need to play and the confidence level we will get, I’m telling you, we’re going to be a very special unit. I can’t wait for that. Hopefully, that happens this week. That’s our goal.”

Despite Being A Rookie; Texans Won’t Overlook Winston.

Jameis Winston earned his first win in the NFL in week two by beating the New Orleans Saints on the road. Winston bounced back after a few struggles in week one versus Tennessee.

The Texans coaches know he is a rookie and will make mistakes, but that does not mean they are overlooking the top overall selection.

“(Winston) is a good talent, got good size, and they’re bringing him along. I think they went down to New Orleans, and to win a game on the road in front of that crowd and a good team, I think that says a lot about what he brings to the table and what their offense is capable of doing,” Texans defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel said. 

Bill O’Brien sees a lot of talent in Winston and sees plenty of growth in just two weeks.

“You see a very, very good young quarterback that’s got a quick release. He’s an accurate passer. You can tell he’s learning the game very fast, played much better in Week 2 than he did in Week 1,” O’Brien said. 

O’Brien said that the improved running game led by Doug Martin, helped the rookie QB play better in the second week.

“He was able to be in manageable situations and he made good decisions with the ball. You can tell that he understands coverage a little bit better. He understands fronts a little bit better. He played better,” O’Brien said.

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