Mandatory Credit: Photo by Eric Gay/AP/Shutterstock (13603698af) Houston Texans wide receiver Brandin Cooks (13) during an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, in Houston Titans Texans Football, Houston, United States – 30 Oct 2022
Houston Texans Wednesday Injury Report for Week 15
The Houston Texans listed 15 players on their first injury report of the week.
DID NOT PRACTICE:
DL Mario Addison (rest)
DL Maliek Collins (rest)
DL Jerry Hughes (rest)
WR Nico Collins (foot): Collins did not practice last week and missed the Dallas game. He will need to get on the practice field (likely Thursday) to have a chance to play Sunday. Right now, it seems he is unlikely to play this week.
WR Brandin Cooks (calf): Cooks has missed two straight games and has not practiced since injuring his calf in practice over two weeks ago. His track to play will be similar to Collins’ track, although it would not be a surprise if Collins returns first. Cooks is unlikely to play this week.
OL Justin McCray (hamstring): McCray was a late add to the injury report last week and wound up missing the game against Dallas. Hamstrings are hard for linemen to overcome. Do not be surprised if this is a multi-week injury.
DB Steven Nelson (foot): Nelson left the Dallas game Sunday with this injury. The Texans have shown unexpected depth at defensive back, as they played more than half the Cowboys game with backups Desmond King and Tremon Smith at both top corner spots.
RB Dameon Pierce (ankle): Pierce was also injured in Sunday’s game in Dallas and was unable to finish the fourth quarter. Pierce’s toughness is already near legendary status, and if he couldn’t go in a goal-to-go situation, you know how much pain he must have been in. As previously reported, Pierce is expected to miss the game against Kansas City and possibly longer. Rex Burkhead and Dare Ogunbowale are expected to carry the load on the ground, with Royce Freeman a likely practice squad elevation.
DB Derek Stingley Jr. (hamstring): It is now plainly evident Sting should have been put on IR. He has missed four straight games and is highly likely to miss this week’s game as well.
OL Laremy Tunsil (illness): This is currently not of concern. Tunsil will be back as soon as he is over his illness. Tunsil has played at an All-Pro level this season and is coming off a game where he completely shut down Defensive Player of the Year candidate Micah Parsons.
OL Kenyon Green (ankle): Green came out of Sunday’s game in Dallas with the injury but was able to return. Green has played markedly better the past two weeks as he seems to have gotten over some poor technique issues and a nagging shoulder injury. He should be ready for Sunday barring a setback.
DL Kurt Hinish (shoulder): Hinish was unavailable last week but is trending towards being able to play this week.
DL Roy Lopez (hip): Lopez is currently expected to be available this week.
DL Taylor Stallworth (calf): Stallworth is also expected to be ready for Sunday.
FB Troy Hairston (chest): The team chose to be extra cautious with Hairston last week, giving him the game off. He will be ready if he is activated Sunday.