HOUSTON (CBS HOUSTON) – The Houston Texans have serious questions regarding the depth at the wide receiver position as they enter a short week in which they host the division rival Indianapolis Colts for Thursday Night Football.
Both Nate Washington and Cecil Shorts suffered injuries in Sunday’s 48-21 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and both have uncertain statuses entering the week,
In the second quarter Washington pulled up lame and left with an injured hamstring and did not return. Head Coach Bill O’Brien said Washington could be considered “day-to-day” and has not ruled him out for Thursday.
Shorts may miss some time after separating his left shoulder on Sunday’s final play of the game. Shorts was forced into the turf by a Falcon defender after Shorts fumbled the football. Shorts was in a sling on Monday.
“I’m trying to come back as fast I can,” Shorts said.
O’Brien indicated that Shorts would likely be out for the game versus the Colts.
Shorts had no hard feelings towards the Falcons after the play citing that it was just part of the game.
“It’s football,” Shorts said. “It is what it, I just got to move on and get back as fast as I can.
The Texans are very thin at the position if Washington and Shorts are both out for Thursday. The Texans are limited to leading receiver DeAndre Hopkins and three rookie wideouts, Keith Mumphrey, Jaelen Strong, and Chandler Worthy. Strong has been inactive since Week 1 and has not played in a game. The rookie trio of wideouts have played in a combined six career NFL games and have a total of 6 receptions for 93 yards.
O’Brien praised the work of his young receivers as he may have to go a majority of first year players as Ryan Mallett’s secondary options.
“Mumphrey really had some good catches yesterday and played hard, Strong’s getting better, he had a good week of practice last week, Worthy same thing,” O’Brien said. “Young players that we think are getting better.”
O’Brien didn’t rule out adding another receiver to the roster.
“I think we are in the process of discussing some things, we haven’t made any moves yet,” O’Brien said. “I really haven’t seen (General Manager Rick Smith) too much today. I’m sure we will reconvene later on here today.”
In an ironic twist, the receiving depth issues for the Texans comes on the eve of the return of the franchise’s all time leader at the position Andre Johnson makes his return to Houston as a member of the Colts.
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