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Arian Foster, RB7/29/2014 3:56:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster has a hamstring injury, according to a Houston Chronicle report.
Insight: This doesn't appear to be a serious injury, but with Foster you always have to worry. He's got top-five ability, if healthy for a full season, but missed eight games last season and three in 2011.
Andre Johnson, WR7/25/2014 11:20:00 AM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson reported to training camp Friday after talking with management during the week, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) had wanted out of Houston, but that doesn't appear to be an option. On the downside of his career, he's still a WR1.
Andre Johnson, WR7/10/2014 3:13:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson wants out of Houston, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) posted another good season despite the obvious problems the team had at quarterback last season and at 33-years-old apparently doesn't want to go through a rebuilding period.
Andre Johnson, WR7/9/2014 8:09:00 PM
Description: When asked if he'll be at training camp, Texans receiver Andre Johnson told Marcus Smith of NFL Network "hopefully" and added "we'll see what happens."
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) expressed his desire to be traded because he doesn't want to go through another rebuild with the Texans. He'll likely be with Houston when the season starts and is a bargain at his ADP of 46.6 (fantasyfootballcalculator.com).
T.J. Yates, QB6/17/2014 8:44:00 PM
Description: The Texans have released quarterback T.J. Yates. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Prior to getting cut, Yates had fallen to fourth on the team's QB depth chart behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, Tom Savage and Case Keenum. Yates should find a backup job somewhere but he won't have fantasy value.
Andre Johnson, WR6/17/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: As expected, Houston wideout Andre Johnson was not present for the start of minicamp. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Johnson (109 catches, 1,407 yards, five touchdowns in 2013) is hoping for a trade, though the Texans don't seem willing to accomodate him. This standoff could last well into training camp.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB6/17/2014 2:30:00 PM
Description: Houston QB Ryan Fitzpatrick was named the starter by coach Bill O'Brien.
Insight: Considering O'Brien's other options, this isn't much of an announcement. It's also the reason star wideout Andre Johnson isn't happy. We're expecting a huge workload for running back Arian Foster.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB6/13/2014 8:53:00 PM
Description: Houston linebacker Jadeveon Clowney underwent hernia surgery on Thursday but is still hoping to be ready for the start of training camp. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: That gives him about five weeks to recover. The No. 1 pick in last month's draft recently signed a four-year contract.
Jadeveon Clowney, LB6/6/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: The Texans have signed No. 1 draft pick Jadeveon Clowney to a four-year, $22.3 million contract.
Insight: Clowney was a defensive end in college but he'll switch to linebacker to accomodate defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel's new scheme. Clowney and 2012 Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt will give opposing QBs all they can handle next season.
Arian Foster, RB5/22/2014 9:11:00 PM
Description: The Texans would like to use Arian Foster more in the passing game next season. SOURCE: MyFoxHouston.com
Insight: Foster has good hands for a halfback, averaging 405.3 receiving yards per season since 2010. Opting for shorter passes could also improve Ryan Fitzpatrick's completion percentage. It's a win/win for everyone.
Andre Johnson, WR5/22/2014 9:05:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson is expected to skip the team's upcoming mandatory minicamp. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: It's pretty clear Johnson wants out of Houston. But unfortunately, it's not up to him. The star wideout is under contract until 2017 and the team has no obligation to trade him. Unless another team is willing to take on most of Johnson's remaining $29 million salary, he's unlikely to be dealt.
Andre Johnson, WR5/13/2014 7:37:00 PM
Description: Andre Johnson doesn't sound convinced about his future in Houston. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: He's decided not to attend OTAs or mini-camp. Johnson (109 receptions, 1,407 yards, 5 TD) won't be a free agent until 2017 so he'd have to ask for a trade in order to leave Houston.
Jadeveon Clowney, DE5/8/2014 8:27:00 PM
Description: Houston used its No. 1 pick on South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.
Insight: It was an easy pick. Clowney was clearly the best player in the draft and he should have a chance to make an impact right away. The last time a defensive player was taken No. 1 overall was back in 2006 when the Texans took NC State defensive end Mario Williams.
Andre Brown, RB4/7/2014 4:48:00 PM
Description: Former Giants running back Andre Brown has agreed to a one-year deal with Houston, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Brown will take over the Ben Tate role as Arian Foster's backup. Dennis Johnson and Jonathan Grimes are also on the roster but neither is a threat to take away carries from Brown.
Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB3/20/2014 6:45:00 PM
Description: Ryan Fitzpatrick has agreed to a two-year deal with Houston. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL.com
Insight: Fitzpatrick is likely to backup whatever rookie quarterback the Texans end up selecting on draft day. The former Titan delivered 14 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season.
Arian Foster, RB3/16/2014 12:59:00 PM
Description: Arian Foster tweeted that he's been medically cleared. The Texans halfback underwent back surgery in November.
Insight: Foster ran for 4.5 yards per carry last season which is consistent with his career average. With Houston likely to use a rookie quarterback in 2014, Foster is going to see a ton of work next season. He should be a first-round pick in most fantasy drafts this summer.
Matt Schaub, QB3/12/2014 3:22:00 PM
Description: The Raiders have their eye on Texans QB Matt Schaub. SOURCE: Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune
Insight: Schaub imploded last season and with the Texans likely to draft a quarterback with the first pick, he shouldn't be in Houston for much longer. Schaub's best season came in 2009 when he led the league with 4,770 passing yards. That was also the year he made his only Pro Bowl appearance.
Owen Daniels, TE3/11/2014 6:44:00 PM
Description: Houston has released tight end Owen Daniels. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Daniels only saw the field five times last season, logging 24 catches for 252 receiving yards and three touchdowns. If he can stay healthy, Daniels should be a strong bounceback candidate for 2014. Of course, a lot of that depends on what team he ends up signing with.
Arian Foster, RB2/21/2014 4:18:00 PM
Description: Houston running back Arian Foster (season-ending back surgery on November 15th) is progressing on schedule, according to GM Rick Smith.
Insight: Foster should be ready for training camp, but his inability to stay healthy has to concern fantasy owners and the Texans. Ben Tate is likely to leave in free agency so expect Houston to draft a running back not long after selecting a quarterback of the future.
Ben Tate, RB12/30/2013 9:19:00 PM
Description: Soon-to-be free agent Ben Tate acknowledged Monday that he has probably played his last game as a Texan. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: For years we've been wondering what kind of numbers Tate would produce if he were a featured back instead of having to split carries with Arian Foster. Soon we'll know the answer. Cleveland seems like the best fit for Tate though ultimately he's going to sign wherever he can get the most money.
Case Keenum, QB12/29/2013 11:59:00 AM
Description: Houston quarterback Case Keenum is out with a sprained thumb. Matt Schaub will get the start under center Sunday in the regular season finale.
Insight: Keenum has thrown just one touchdown and five interceptions in his last four games. Schaub hasn't been much better with 2 TD and seven picks in his last five appearances. The Texans, losers of 13 straight, are closing in on the No. 1 pick in next year's NFL Draft.
Case Keenum, QBCold12/27/2013 3:48:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum (thumb) will be a game-time decision Sunday against Tennessee, according to houstontexans.com.
Insight: Matt Schaub started the last two games with Keenum out with a sprained thumb. Neither QB is a fantasy option in Week 17 and Andre Johnson's fantasy value remains the same with both players.
Johnathan Joseph, DB12/24/2013 4:27:00 PM
Description: Texans' cornerback Johnathan Joseph is done for the season due to a toe injury.
Insight: Joseph like the rest of the Texans didn't live up to expectations.
Jonathan Grimes, RB12/23/2013 5:32:00 PM
Description: The Texans have named Jonathan Grimes the starting running back for Week 17 against the Titans.
Insight: Deji Karim suffered a broken collarbone in Week 16 and Dennis Johnson is questionable for Sunday's game due to a hip injury. Even if Johnson plays, Grimes will start.
Garrett Graham, TE12/19/2013 5:28:00 PM
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) still has not returned to practice and interim coach Wade Phillips said the tight end is "about the same as last week." SOURCE: csnhouston.com
Insight: According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Phillips said that "it's not looking good" for Graham's chances of playing in Week 16. Ryan Griffin will fill in again and can probably get you the same production as Graham with Matt Schaub returning to quarterback.
Garrett Graham, TE12/18/2013 9:33:00 PM
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) didn't practice Wednesday.
Insight: Graham is "iffy" for Week 16, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle. Owen Daniels (leg) also has a chance to play, so there's no need to go into this weekend with Graham slotted in as your fantasy tight end.
Matt Schaub, QB12/18/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub will return to the starting job in Week 16 against Denver.
Insight: Case Keenum has been abysmal over the last few weeks and he suffered a thumb injury in Week 15. Schaub should not be trusted in any fantasy leagues.
Dennis Johnson, RB12/18/2013 5:15:00 PM
Description: Dennis Johnson will start at running back for the Texans Sunday against Denver after Ben Tate (ribs) was placed on injured reserve. Tate has been playing through four broken ribs for the past seven games, but he suffered a fifth cracked rib in Week 15.
Insight: Johnson had 74 yards on 13 carries in Week 12 against the Jaguars and should be in line for a big workload with Tate out. However, with the Broncos likely to blow out the Texans, he'll have to do most of his work in the receiving game and should only be considered a flex play for that reason.
Case Keenum, QBCold12/18/2013 3:42:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum won't play Sunday against the Broncos. He's battling a sprained thumb. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: Matt Schaub, who was booed off the field earlier this season, will get the start. It's been a miserable year for the Texans, a team most were expecting to compete for the AFC Championship. Sunday's loss to Indy was their 12th consecutive defeat.
Ben Tate, RB12/18/2013 3:36:00 PM
Description: The Texans have placed halfback Ben Tate on season-ending injured reserve.
Insight: Tate broke one of his ribs in Sunday's loss to Indianapolis. Dennis Johnson will start the rest of the season at running back. Tate led the team in rushing this year with 771 yards on 181 carries.
Garrett Graham, TE12/15/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Texans TE Garrett Graham (hamstring) is out Sunday against the Colts.
Insight: Graham missed practice all week. With Owen Daniels still out, the Texans are down to Ryan Griffin and Brad Smelley at tight end. Griffin is the better long-shot play seeing how he's actually been targeted this season.
Garrett Graham, TE12/14/2013 5:30:00 PM
Description: The Texans do not expect to have Garrett Graham (hamstring) Sunday against the Colts, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
Insight: Graham missed practice all week. He's listed as questionable but is closer to doubtful. With Owen Daniels still out, the Texans will be down to Ryan Griffin and Brad Smelley at tight end. Griffin is the better long-shot play seeing how he's actually been targeted this season.
Case Keenum, QB12/6/2013 1:51:00 PM
Description: Houston QB Case Keenum, benched for Matt Schaub in the third quarter Thursday night, will start for the Texans in Week 15.
Insight: Keenum completed 16-of-29 for 159 yards with one touchdown and one pick. After a hot start to his tenure as the starting QB, Keenum has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions over his last four games. With 11 losses and the firing of Gary Kubiak, the final games should be an evaluation of the talent with an eye to the future and Keenum is expected to start in Week 15.
Matt Schaub, QB12/6/2013 9:34:00 AM
Description: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was good in a relief role going 17-of-29 for 198 yards one TD and one INT.
Insight: Case Keenum's great start seems such a long time ago. He's done little to assure that he will start any more games over the remainder of the season. It wouldn't surprise anyone if coach Gary Kubiak opts for the veteran over the final three games as he tries to save his own job.
Case Keenum, QB12/5/2013 10:48:00 PM
Description: Houston QB Case Keenum was benched for Matt Schaub with the Texans trailing 24-10 to the Jaguars in the third quarter Thursday night.
Insight: Keenum completed 16-of-29 for 159 yards with one touchdown and one pick. After a hot start to his tenure as the starting QB, Keenum has thrown two touchdowns and four interceptions over his last four games. The Texans will likely take a QB in the first round of the 2014 draft.
Ben Tate, RB12/5/2013 8:16:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Ben Tate (ribs, ankle) is active for Thursday's game at Jacksonville.
Insight: Tate is coming off a 102-yard, three-TD performance Sunday against the Patriots and is a RB2 option this week.
Case Keenum, QB11/18/2013 8:40:00 PM
Description: Despite being benched in the second half Sunday against Oakland, Texans quarterback Case Keenum will be the starter again in Week 12. SOURCE: Texans on Twitter
Insight: He'll probably be on a shorter leash than usual after struggling in Week 11, though Keenum shouldn't have any trouble torching the 1-9 Jaguars.
Garrett Graham, TE11/17/2013 5:13:00 PM
Description: Texans tight end Garrett Graham had his best game of the season Sunday against the Raiders.
Insight: Graham caught five passes for 99 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets from Case Keenum and then two of three targets for 37 yards from Matt Schaub after Keenum was benched. Overall, he had 136 yards and a touchdown on seven catches. Graham's usage has been inconsistent, but having Matt Schaub under center rather than the gun-slinging Keenum is much better for his fantasy value going forward.
Case Keenum, QB11/17/2013 3:34:00 PM
Description: Texans QB Case Keenum was benched Sunday against Oakland.
Insight: Matt Schaub came in the third quarter after Rashad Jennings rushed for an 80-yard touchdown to put the Raiders up 28-17. Keenum completed 13-of-24 for 170 yards, one touchdown and one pick. It's unclear why coach Gary Kubiak decided to make the switch.
Arian Foster, RB11/15/2013 10:05:00 AM
Description: Houston running back Arian Foster, already on season-ending injured reserve, had back surgery on Thursday.
Insight: Foster should be ready for training camp. Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson will handle the Texans running game with Tate doing most of the heavy lifting.
Owen Daniels, TE11/14/2013 10:12:00 PM
Description: Houston tight end Owen Daniels is hoping to be back Week 14 against the Jaguars. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Daniels broke his leg about a month ago. Before the injury, he had 24 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns. Garrett Graham (26 receptions, 268 yards, 3 TD) has been starting in his place.
Ed Reed, S11/13/2013 10:05:00 PM
Description: Ed Reed went unclaimed on waivers and is now a free agent. One team that could be interested in him is the Jets. SOURCE: Rich Cimini, ESPN New York
Insight: New England could also be a potential landing spot for the veteran. Reed's old team, the Baltimore Ravens, are not expected to make a play for him.
Arian Foster, RB11/12/2013 6:50:00 PM
Description: Houston halfback Arian Foster has been placed on season-ending injured reserve. SOURCE: Drew Dougherty, Texans.com
Insight: Foster needs back surgery. He'll hand over the backfield duties to Ben Tate, who figures to be a solid flex play/RB2 in Foster's absence. Foster ran for 542 yards on 121 carries before the injury.
Ed Reed, S11/12/2013 6:03:00 PM
Description: The Texans cut ties with Ed Reed on Tuesday. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Reed managed just 16 tackles in seven games for Houston and was demoted to third safety by the end of his tenure there. Now that Reed is a free agent, a return to Baltimore could be a possibility.
Andre Johnson, WRHot11/10/2013 8:07:00 PM
Description: Houston wideout Andre Johnson's resurgence continued in Sunday's loss to Arizona.
Insight: Yardage-wise, Sunday was actually one of Johnson's worst performances of the season (37 yards). But he reeled in two touchdowns, which was more than enough to keep fantasy owners happy. Expect another solid outing from Johnson next week against the Raiders.
Case Keenum, QBHot11/10/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: Texans QB Case Keenum impressed again on Sunday. This time, he threw for 201 yards and three touchdowns in a loss at Arizona.
Insight: Keenum still hasn't thrown an interception yet this season (7 TD). He's locked into the starting job and should make for a solid fantasy option going forward.
Arian Foster, RB11/10/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Fantasy owners shouldn't count on a speedy recovery from Arian Foster. The Houston running back appears to be headed for season-ending back surgery. SOURCE: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network
Insight: The Texans' nightmare season continues. Foster will finish the season with 542 yards on 121 carries. He scored just two touchdowns (one receiving, one rushing). If you've been stashing Ben Tate as a handcuff, now is the time to get him into your starting lineup.
Arian Foster, RB11/8/2013 2:13:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster may need back surgery, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle .
Insight: Foster has seen doctors the last two days to try and diagnose his back injury. Given the Texans season is pretty much a lost cause, he might opt to fix his back as soon as possible in hopes to be ready for next season. Ben Tate becomes a solid fantasy value if Foster is out of the picture.
Garrett Graham, TE11/7/2013 8:14:00 PM
Description: Texans tight end Garrett Graham (thigh) was a full participant in Thursday's practice after being limited Wednesday.
Insight: Graham has nine receptions and zero touchdowns in the three games Owen Daniels has missed. However, he'll play a Cardinals team Sunday that has surrendered 14.5 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends, most in the NFL. Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Cameron owners should consider Graham as a bye-week fill-in.
Arian Foster, RB11/7/2013 4:29:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring, back) missed practice again Thursday. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: Foster has seen doctors the last two days to try and diagnose his back injury. He's unlikely to play Sunday against the Cardinals after leaving early in each of the last two games. Ben Tate, who is also banged up with broken ribs, will start in Foster's place after rushing for 81 yards on 22 carries Sunday night and is a solid flex option.
Arian Foster, RB11/6/2013 3:31:00 PM
Description: Houston halfback Arian Foster wasn't able to practice on Wednesday. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: Injuries to Foster's back and hamstring cost him most of last week's game against the Colts. We're guessing he won't be ready in time for Sunday's game at Arizona. If that is the case, Ben Tate, who is also banged up (broken ribs), would likely start in Foster's place.
Arian Foster, RB11/4/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster missed most of Sunday night's game with a back injury suffered in the first drive of the night.
Insight: Ben Tate and Dennis Johnson took over the rushing duties and both performed adequately. Add the back to Foster's ongoing list of ailments as the Texans running back has begun to look more and more like a Darren McFadden clone.
Arian Foster, RB11/3/2013 6:05:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) will play Sunday night against the Colts, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
Insight: Foster got in some limited practice sessions during the week but was a game-time decision due to his hamstring injury. Owners who rolled the dice will have him active Sunday night, though it's unclear how close to 100 percent he is. Look for a closer workload split than usual with Ben Tate (ribs), who is also active Sunday night.
Ben Tate, RB11/1/2013 7:59:00 PM
Description: Houston backup running back Ben Tate (ribs) has been given the go-ahead to play in Sunday's game against Indianapolis. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: Tate may not be the backup this week if Arian Foster is out with a hamstring injury. Tate averaged just ten yards per game in two contests against Indy last season.
Arian Foster, RB10/30/2013 11:39:00 AM
Description: Houston coach Gary Kubiak says Texans halfback Arian Foster (hamstring) will be a game-time decision Sunday against the Colts. SOURCE: Kevin Bowen, Colts.com
Insight: His backup Ben Tate (ribs) appears to be in the same boat. What makes this a particularly tough scenario for fantasy owners is that Houston doesn't play until Sunday night. Fantasy owners should prepare to be without Foster in Week 9.
Case Keenum, QB10/28/2013 6:18:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed after Monday's practice that Case Keenum will start at quarterback in Week 9 against the Colts even though Matt Schaub is "fine."
Insight: Kubiak also said that no decision has been made regarding who will start for the rest of the season. With a strong performance Sunday against Indianapolis, Keenum could seize the starting job full-time, however.
Arian Foster, RB10/28/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Monday that he doesn't think he'll know anything regarding the Week 9 status of running backs Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (broken ribs) until later in the week. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Neither player practiced Monday. Tate said he expects to play Sunday against the Colts, while Foster would only say he expects to practice this week before making a decision closer to Sunday.
Case Keenum, QB10/28/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum should be the team's starting quarterback in Week 9 when Houston hosts Indianapolis.
Insight: Keenum turned in a solid effort during his first career start (15-of-25 for 271 yards and a TD versus Kansas City) and with Matt Schaub hobbled by an ankle injury and ineffective the Texans should give the youngster another opportunity.
Arian Foster, RB10/22/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) expects to play in Week 9, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Foster came into Sunday's game dealing with injuries to his thumb, chest and hamstring, and he didn't last long before aggravating his hamstring issue. Houston has a bye in Week 8 so Foster has plenty of time to recover for Week 9.
Ben Tate, RB10/21/2013 7:01:00 PM
Description: Arian Foster isn't the only Texans running back dealing with an injury. According to the Houston Chronicle's John McClain, backup Ben Tate fractured four of his ribs Sunday against the Chiefs.
Insight: The bye week gives Tate a little extra breathing room though this isn't an injury that can heal overnight. Tate and Foster (hamstring pull) are both questionable for Week 9 against the Colts.
Brian Cushing, LB10/21/2013 12:14:00 PM
Description: Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing will miss the remainder of the season with a broken fibula and a torn LCL. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL Network
Insight: The nightmare season continues in Houston. Cushing, a Pro Bowler in 2009 and an All-Pro selection in 2011, will finish the 2013 campaign with 48 tackles, one forced fumble and an interception. Cushing suffered a season-ending injury last season also (torn ACL in Week 5).
Arian Foster, RB10/21/2013 10:59:00 AM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) couldn't finish the game against Kansas City, but Houston has a Week 8 bye so he has two weeks to recover.
Insight: Foster came into the game dealing with injuries to his thumb, chest and hamstring, and he didn't last long. Ben Tate would inherit the workload if Foster isn't ready to play in Week 9.
Case Keenum, QB10/20/2013 7:37:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum threw for 271 yards and a touchdown with zero interceptions in his NFL debut Sunday at Kansas City.
Insight: Keenum also lost a fumble late in the fourth quarter with Houston trailing 17-16, but overall it was a strong performance for the rookie considering the situation he was thrown into -- facing one of the NFL's top defenses in one of the league's most hostile environments without RB Arian Foster. The Texans have a bye in Week 8, but Keenum could get another start on Nov. 3 versus the Colts even if Matt Schaub is healthy.
Arian Foster, RBHot10/20/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (hamstring) has returned to the field without his pads and will not return to Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Insight: Foster came into the game dealing with injuries to his thumb, chest and hamstring, and he didn't last long before aggravating one of them. Ben Tate will handle the carries in his absence.
Arian Foster, RBHot10/20/2013 4:54:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster went to the locker room early in Sunday's game against the Chiefs after aggravating his hamstring injury. He's questionable to return.
Insight: Foster came into the game dealing with injuries to his thumb, chest and hamstring, and he didn't last long before aggravating one of them. Ben Tate will handle the carries until Foster returns.
Andre Johnson, WR10/18/2013 9:38:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) had a full practice Friday and is probable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Insight: Johnson's shin is still sore but he's getting closer to being 100 percent. Case Keenum is making his first NFL start in place of Matt Schaub but he should be able to get Johnson the ball enough to make him worth starting as a WR2.
Arian Foster, RBHot10/18/2013 8:13:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (thumb, chest, hamstring) got in a full practice session Friday and will play in Week 7 against the Chiefs.
Insight: Foster entered the season with Ben Tate on his heels due to preseason injuries but he has looked like his old self recently. Over his last three games, Foster has produced 341 rushing yards on 68 carries and 146 receiving yards and a touchdown on 14 catches.
Matt Schaub, QB10/17/2013 6:44:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub has already been ruled out for Sunday's game against Kansas City. SOURCE: Texans on Twitter
Insight: Schaub hurt his ankle in last week's blowout loss to St. Louis. Former University of Houston standout Case Keenum will get the nod at quarterback for the Texans in Week 7.
T.J. Yates, QB10/17/2013 3:11:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback T.J. Yates completed 12-of-17 passes for 98 yards and two interceptions in relief of an injured Matt Schaub last week and it apparently wasn't enough to win him the starting gig in Week 7.
Insight: Houston has announced that Case Keenum will start against Kansas City. Yates started five regular season games in 2011 going 2-3 and helped the Texans win a playoff game against Cincinnati that year before losing to Baltimore.
Case Keenum, QB10/17/2013 3:05:00 PM
Description: Texans quarterback Case Keenum will make his first NFL start against the Chiefs Sunday in Kansas City.
Insight: Keenum replaces injured Matt Schaub and uninspiring T.J. Yates. Kennum was a prolific passer at the University of Houston, but steps into a tough situation against the league's best defense.
Andre Johnson, WR10/16/2013 6:46:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) was limited in Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Johnson is making progress towards being 100 percent; he missed several practices entirely last week before catching seven passes for 88 yards against the Rams on Sunday. His matchup against the Chiefs is a tough one and he could have T.J. Yates at quarterback, but he should be started as a WR2 in all leagues.
Matt Schaub, QB10/14/2013 5:23:00 PM
Description: Matt Schaub's Week 7 status is up in the air. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN
Insight: The Houston quarterback suffered a leg injury Sunday against St. Louis. T.J. Yates is likely to start if Schaub is unable to play next week versus Kansas City.
Arian Foster, RBHot10/13/2013 7:11:00 PM
Description: Houston halfback Arian Foster exploded for a season-high 141 rushing yards Sunday in a loss to St. Louis.
Insight: After getting off to a slow start, Foster has averaged 113.7 rushing yards per game over his last three contests. He isn't scoring many touchdowns (just two this season) but with that kind of yardage, fantasy owners should be plenty satisfied with Foster's performance.
Matt Schaub, QB10/13/2013 3:15:00 PM
Description: Texans QB Matt Schaub left Sunday's game against the Rams with a right leg injury.
Insight: Backup T.J. Yates promptly came in and threw a pick-six. It's been that kind of season for Houston. We should have an update on Schaub's status shortly.
Andre Johnson, WR10/13/2013 12:00:00 PM
Description: As expected, Houston receiver Andre Johnson (shin) will play Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: Johnson startled owners by missing a couple practices earlier in the week but he's good to go. Don't hesitate to start him against the Rams' 17th-ranked pass defense.
Matt Schaub, QB10/13/2013 11:09:00 AM
Description: An NFL Network report suggests Houston quarterback Matt Schaub will be on a very short leash Sunday against St. Louis.
Insight: As he should be after throwing pick-sixes the last four weeks. T.J. Yates will be next in line should Schaub have another tough week.
Andre Johnson, WR10/11/2013 2:00:00 PM
Description: Unlike his coach, Andre Johnson said he would play on Sunday.
Insight: Coach Gary Kubiak called Johnson a game-time decision, but the wideout said he felt better than last week. Johnson wasn't productive last week, but that was more a function of a horrible day from the quarterback position. If he plays, he's a must start.
Andre Johnson, WR10/10/2013 3:42:00 PM
Description: Andre Johnson's shin is acting up again. He missed most of Thursday's practice to receive treatment and is headed for a game-time decision Sunday against St. Louis. SOURCE: Texans on Twitter
Insight: Johnson has been battling this injury for a few weeks now and though it doesn't seem to be getting any better, it hasn't gotten any worse either. It would be wise to check on his status later in the week but we're guessing Johnson will play his usual role in the Houston offense Sunday versus the Rams.
Andre Johnson, WR10/9/2013 8:13:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson wasn't on the field for Wednesday's practice.
Insight: We're not sure if Wednesday was just a maintenance day for Johnson or if he's dealing with a recurrence of one of his previous injuries. Johnson's status should be monitored closely ahead of Sunday's game versus St. Louis.
Matt Schaub, QBCold10/9/2013 7:54:00 PM
Description: ESPN's Tania Ganguli reports that Matt Schaub will start at quarterback this week against the Rams.
Insight: Schaub has had an horrendous season but head coach Gary Kubiak isn't ready to give up on him yet. If Schaub has another bad week, he could be benched for Week 7's matchup against the undefeated Chiefs.
Owen Daniels, TE10/9/2013 7:51:00 PM
Description: Texans tight end Owen Daniels has been placed on injured reserve with a designation to return. Daniels broke his leg in Sunday's loss to the 49ers. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: He'll be out for the next eight weeks. Backup Garrett Graham has the same number of touchdowns as Daniels this season so he should be a popular waiver wire pickup this week.
Owen Daniels, TE10/8/2013 1:32:00 PM
Description: Houston tight end Owen Daniels had an MRI on his injured leg and is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, according to Texans beat reporter Tania Ganguli.
Insight: The injury is a non-displaced frature of the fibula. Owens is one of Matt Schaub's favorite targets and has accumulated 24 catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns this season. Garrett Graham will take his place in the passing game.
Owen Daniels, TE10/7/2013 9:29:00 PM
Description: Houston tight end Owen Daniels had an MRI on his injured leg and is still waiting to hear the results.
Insight: Houston Chronicle beat writer John McClain seems to think Daniels will be out for at least a "few weeks." Backup Garrett Graham would start in his place, though it's hard to trust any Texans receivers with how poorly Matt Schaub has been playing lately.
Matt Schaub, QBCold10/7/2013 8:33:00 PM
Description: Matt Schaub isn't a lock to start next week's game versus St. Louis. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Head coach Gary Kubiak backtracked from his earlier stance that Schaub would remain the starter by saying, "I'm evaluating everything to see what gives us the best chance to win." Schaub is tied with Arizona's Carson Palmer for second in the league in interceptions with nine. Backup T.J. Yates could be worth an add if Schaub's struggles continue.
Matt Schaub, QB10/7/2013 11:40:00 AM
Description: Texans QB Matt Schaub will continue to start, according to coach Gary Kubiak.
Insight: Schaub set a record for futility with a fourth consecutive game throwing an interception for a touchdown. Kubiak's options are limited (T.J. Yates, Casey Keenum) and if the coach can help Schaub regain his confidence, he's still the team's best chance to win and go deep into the playoffs.
Owen Daniels, TE10/6/2013 7:32:00 PM
Description: Texans tight end Owen Daniels had three touchdowns in the first two weeks, but has been held off the board the last two contests.
Insight: Daniels has been dealing with a sore knee, but they will need him against the 49ers.
Andre Johnson, WR10/6/2013 7:26:00 PM
Description: As expected, Houston wideout Andre Johnson is active for Sunday night's game with San Francisco.
Insight: He's been dealing with a shin injury, but it didn't stop him from catching nine balls for 110 yards last week and he should be involved in the offense again this week.
Garrett Graham, TE9/29/2013 6:18:00 PM
Description: Houston backup tight end Garrett Graham caught his third touchdown of the season Sunday against the Seahawks.
Insight: Graham has 12 catches this season after pulling in five Sunday. He's not going to see a ton of targets as the No. 2 tight end, but Matt Schaub looks for him often in the red zone.
Andre Johnson, WR9/29/2013 6:11:00 PM
Description: Despite being hobbled by a leg injury and facing Richard Sherman for most of Sunday's game against Seattle, Texans receiver Andre Johnson had nine catches for 110 yards.
Insight: A shin injury limited Johnson in practice throughout the week, but he still saw 12 targets Sunday and has 47 targets in four games. If he stays healthy, the veteran is a lock for another 100-catch season.
Arian Foster, RB9/29/2013 5:08:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster looked like his old self Sunday against the Seahawks, totaling 171 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 33 touches.
Insight: Foster carried the ball 27 times for 102 yards and had six catches for 69 receiving yards and a touchdown. His competition Ben Tate had 44 yards on seven carries (6.3), but lost a fumble. Tate has carried the ball nine times or less in all four games this season, while Foster is averaging 22.5 touches per game and is finally rounding back into shape.
Brian Cushing, LB9/29/2013 3:40:00 PM
Description: Texans inside linebacker Brian Cushing has left the game with Seattle due to a concussion.
Insight: He's done for the day, obviously and possibly next week depending on the severity.
Andre Johnson, WR9/29/2013 12:00:00 PM
Description: Houston wideout Andre Johnson will start Sunday against Seattle.
Insight: A shin injury limited Johnson in practice throughout the week. Johnson hasn't found the end zone yet in 2013 and we're guessing he won't in Week 4 against a rock-solid Seahawks secondary. Start him at your own risk.
Andre Johnson, WR9/29/2013 11:03:00 AM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) said Friday that he was about "80 percent." SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Johnson added that he is "feeling better every day." The receiver is expected to start in Week 4 against Seattle despite a muscle bruise in his leg. He'll face one of the top shutdown corners in the league in Richard Sherman, but fantasy owners should roll the dice and trust that the big and physical Johnson can get open against anyone.
Andre Johnson, WR9/27/2013 2:10:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak confirmed Friday that receiver Andre Johnson (shin) will start Sunday.
Insight: Johnson took part in individual drills Thursday and Friday and is no longer a game-time decision. He's a must start.
Andre Johnson, WR9/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) thinks he'll play Sunday against the Seahawks, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.
Insight: Johnson took part in individual drills Thursday and is still a game-time decision. He said he has a bruise on the muscle near his shin after getting kneed there in Week 3.
Andre Johnson, WR9/26/2013 2:53:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver Andre Johnson (shin) participated in individual drills Thursday but is still a game-time decision against Seattle, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.
Insight: Johnson sat out of all activities Wednesday, so at least he's making some progress. Houston hosts the Seahawks at 1 p.m. ET, so we should know if Johnson is playing by 11 a.m. ET Sunday morning.
Andre Johnson, WR9/25/2013 6:55:00 PM
Description: Houston receiver Andre Johnson is expected to be a game-time decision Sunday versus the Seahawks. SOURCE: NBC's Pro Football Talk
Insight: Head coach Gary Kubiak said Johnson's shin is feeling "very sore." Even if he plays, Johnson will probably be shadowed by All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. It's not a good matchup for the 11-year veteran.
Andre Johnson, WR9/23/2013 8:35:00 PM
Description: The Texans are calling injured wideout Andre Johnson "day-to-day." SOURCE: Texans on Twitter
Insight: Johnson left Sunday's game against Baltimore with a shin injury but X-rays showed that it was only a bruise. He'll carry the questionable label into Week 4's game against Seattle but we're confident he'll be ready to play on Sunday.
Andre Johnson, WR9/22/2013 6:52:00 PM
Description: Houston Texans wideout Andre Johnson sustained a bad shin bruise Sunday, according to coach Gary Kubiak. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN.com
Insight: Johnson suffered the injury before the half but his X-rays came back negative and he returned for the third before exiting for good.
Arian Foster, RB9/22/2013 5:53:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster had 54 yards on 12 carries Sunday at Baltimore.
Insight: Ben Tate had 36 yards on nine carries. The Texans gave the running backs a combined 12 carries in the first quarter and just nine the rest of the game. Foster has provided fantasy owners with 190 rushing yards on 49 carries and one touchdown through three games.
Ben Tate, RB9/22/2013 1:06:00 PM
Description: The Browns are hoping to rebuild their offense by signing Ben Tate when he becomes a free agent next offseason. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Tate has long been the best backup in the league and there's no doubt the idea of being an every down back would appeal to him. If the price is right, Cleveland should be near the top of his wish list.
Ed Reed, S9/22/2013 11:32:00 AM
Description: As expected, Texans safety Ed Reed will make his return from hip surgery Sunday against Baltimore. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Thirty-five of Reed's 61 career interceptions have come at M&T Bank Stadium. We're expecting a big game from him in his Texans debut.
Andre Johnson, WR9/20/2013 3:52:00 PM
Description: Houston Texans wideout Andre Johnson (concussion) was a limited participant in practice Friday, but coach Gary Kubiak confirmed he has been fully cleared for Week 3.
Insight: Johnson is a yardage machine with 1,598 last season and 222 through the first two games of 2013. Now if he can just find the end zone.
Garrett Graham, TE9/20/2013 3:28:00 PM
Description: Houston backup tight end Garrett Graham is questionable with a (groin/hip) injury.
Insight: Graham ha posted touchdowns in each of the first two weeks and his absence would add a few more targets for Owen Daniels (7-91-3).
Andre Johnson, WR9/19/2013 2:56:00 PM
Description: According to Drew Dougherty of HoustonTexans.com, Andre Johnson (concussion) was a full participant in practice Thursday and all indications are that he'll start Sunday against the Ravens.
Insight: Johnson, who suffered a mild concussion Sunday against the Titans, will see an NFL doctor one last time before being officially cleared to play, but he wouldn't be practicing with pads if he wasn't ready to go.
Andre Johnson, WR9/19/2013 12:09:00 PM
Description: According to HoustonTexans.com, Andre Johnson is in the final stage of the NFL's concussion program.
Insight: Johnson, who suffered a mild concussion Sunday against the Titans, is expected to practice in pads Thursday. "Andre's fine," Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. Fantasy owners can expect to have Johnson back Sunday against the Ravens and should bump rookie DeAndre Hopkins down from WR2 into flex territory.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR9/18/2013 10:56:00 AM
Description: Houston rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins will still have to share targets with Andre Johnson in Week 3 as it appears the Texans' No. 1 receiver will be ready to play.
Insight: Hopkins broke out with seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets Sunday against the Titans doing a lot of damage after Johnson was sidelined. His fantasy value drops a bit from early-week expectations of him being the primary target for quarterback Matt Schaub.
Andre Johnson, WR9/18/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: According to Houston coach Gary Kubiak, wideout Andre Johnson "should be ready to go" Sunday against Baltimore.
Insight: Johnson suffered a mild concussion late in Sunday's overtime win against the Titans. Though he hasn't scored a touchdown yet, Johnson is seventh in the league in receiving yards (222) and first in targets (29).
DeAndre Hopkins, WRHot9/17/2013 12:30:00 PM
Description: Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins, who broke out with seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets Sunday against the Titans, could be in for another big game in Week 3 if star Andre Johnson can't play due to his concussion.
Insight: Hopkins looked like a legitimate No. 1 receiver during overtime while Andre Johnson was in the locker room last week and if Johnson has to miss any time, Hopkins would be a must-start.
Andre Johnson, WR9/17/2013 12:28:00 PM
Description: Houston coach Gary Kubiak said that wideout Andre Johnson's availability for this week's game won't be known until later in the week because of the league's concussion protocol.
Insight: It seems like the concussion Johnson suffered was much milder than the one that sidelined Eddie Lacy last week against the Redskins. Head injuries are tricky though and there's no guarantee that he'll be able to play Sunday against the Ravens.
Ed Reed, S9/16/2013 9:58:00 PM
Description: According to Brian T. Smith of the Houston Chronicle, Texans safety Ed Reed was very close to playing in Sunday's game against Tennessee. It appears that he'll make his season debut next week against his old team, the Baltimore Ravens.
Insight: Reed's return will strengthen what is already one of the league's toughest defenses. In 16 games last season, Reed had 58 tackles to go along with four interceptions.
Andre Johnson, WR9/16/2013 4:52:00 PM
Description: Houston wideout Andre Johnson (concussion) was riding a stationary bike on Monday, a very good sign for a person with a head injury.
Insight: The Houston Chronicle expects Johnson to play in Week 3 against the Ravens, but we will wait until later in the week to make that call.
Andre Johnson, WR9/15/2013 6:53:00 PM
Description: Houston wideout Andre Johnson is undergoing concussion tests after being knocked out of Sunday's game, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Johnson was hit hard by Bernard Pollard of the Titans and left late in Sunday's overtime win. Two of Johnson's teammates told McClain the receiver will be fine but we'll have to wait for the concussion results.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR9/15/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins broke out with seven receptions for 117 yards and a touchdown on 13 targets Sunday against the Titans.
Insight: Hopkins looked like a legitimate No. 1 receiver during overtime while Andre Johnson was in the locker room getting checked for a concussion. If Johnson has to miss any time, Hopkins would be a must-start.
Arian Foster, RB9/15/2013 6:07:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster scored a touchdown and had 79 rushing yards on 19 carries (4.2 ypc) Sunday against the Titans.
Insight: Ben Tate had a 60-yard gain and outrushed Foster by 14 yards on 10 fewer carries, but at least Foster looked somewhat like his old self Sunday after his lackluster Week 1.
Andre Johnson, WR9/15/2013 4:26:00 PM
Description: Houston wideout Andre Johnson left Sunday's game against the Titans late in the fourth quarter.
Insight: He went to the locker room for an undisclosed injury. Johnson did get hit hard by Bernard Pollard earlier in the game.
Ed Reed, S9/15/2013 11:36:00 AM
Description: Texans safety Ed Reed won't play Sunday against the Titans.
Insight: Reed's recovery from offseason hip surgery is taking longer than expected. Shiloh Keo will make his second start in a row at strong safety.
Ben Tate, RB9/12/2013 2:40:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Wednesday that he wants the workload split between Arian Foster and Ben Tate to be "pretty close right now." SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Tate outplayed Foster in the opener but received just 11 carries to Foster's 18, and Kubiak said afterward that he regretted not getting Tate more snaps. The Texans are easing Foster back into action after he missed the entire preseason with injuries, but if he doesn't improve on the field quickly he'll find himself in an even timeshare with Tate and that's something Foster owners don't want. Tate is a flex play in 12-team leagues for Week 2 against the Titans.
Arian Foster, RB9/10/2013 5:49:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster had 24 touches to Ben Tate's 11 Monday night against the Chargers but only averaged 3.2 ypc to Tate's 6.1.
Insight: After missing all of the preseason with calf and back injuries, Foster rotated with Tate and was thoroughly outplayed. He failed to convert on short yardage several times, dropped two passes on third down and finished with 57 rushing yards on 18 carries and 33 receiving yards on six receptions. Foster has definitely earned himself a long leash with his play over the last three seasons, but he'll need to improve quickly.
Ed Reed, S9/9/2013 9:22:00 PM
Description: Houston safety Ed Reed is officially inactive for Monday's game against the Chargers.
Insight: The former Raven is still recovering from offseason hip surgery. Shiloh Keo will make the start at strong safety.
Ed Reed, S9/9/2013 11:42:00 AM
Description: Texans newly-acquired safety Ed Reed is doubtful for Monday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Even without Reed, Houston's defense is still one of the best in the NFL. Having Reed healthy would just be icing on the cake. That will likely have to wait a week or two.
Arian Foster, RB9/8/2013 10:11:00 AM
Description: Houston coach Gary Kubiak said the Texans will rotate Arian Foster and Ben Tate Monday against the Chargers, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Insight: Foster has impressed Kubiak since returning from his calf and back injuries, but the team is not ready to give him 25 touches. Still, he's one of the top red zone running backs in the NFL so even if he only sees 15-20 touches he still could conceivably approach RB1 numbers. Tate makes for a decent flex play.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR9/7/2013 9:56:00 PM
Description: Texans rookie receiver DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) is listed as probable for Monday's season opener at San Diego.
Insight: Hopkins finally passed his final concussion test Tuesday. He'll serve as the No. 2 receiver across from Andre Johnson and should be owned in all fantasy leagues, but owners should avoid playing him early this season until the Texans show that they are willing to break from their conservative passing offense. Of Houston's 354 completions last season, 212 went to backs or tight ends.
Arian Foster, RB9/6/2013 8:52:00 PM
Description: Houston coach Gary Kubiak said tailback Arian Foster looked great in practice this week. SOURCE: Houston Chronicle
Insight: Foster missed all four preseason games with calf and back injuries. He's expected to be in a timeshare with Ben Tate Week 1 against the Chargers.
Brian Cushing, LB9/4/2013 12:05:00 PM
Description: The Texans rewarded inside linebacker Brian Cushing with a massive contract extension on Tuesday. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: The deal is worth $55.643 million over six seasons. Cushing, a Pro Bowler in 2009 and later an All-Pro in 2011, missed roughly half of last season because of a torn ACL. He's fully recovered now and should be a go for Monday night's season opener against San Diego.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR9/3/2013 2:37:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins finally has passed his concussion test, according to ProFootballTalk.
Insight: Hopkins should be ready to go for the season opener, but rookies who miss a lot of practice time don't get big roles in the offense. He'll likely be eased into the slot opposite Andre Johnson and should have a much better second half of the season.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR8/30/2013 4:44:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins hasn't passed his final concussion test yet, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.
Insight: However, coach Gary Kubiak thinks if Hopkins would have been tested Friday he would have passed. The rookie has a little more than a week before the season opener.
Arian Foster, RB8/30/2013 4:29:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak indicated that he won't ride Arian Foster in Week 1. "Obviously I don't think Arian's going to be a 30-carry guy on opening night," Kubiak said. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN.com.
Insight: The fact that Kubiak even said 30 should tell you just how much he still plans to use Foster when he thinks the running back is 100 percent. We won't be surprised to see him get 20 carries right off the bat, even after he missed most of training camp with calf and back injuries.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR8/27/2013 5:20:00 PM
Description: Texans receiver DeAndre Hopkins (concussion) has not been cleared for practice yet, according to Tania Ganguli of ESPN.com.
Insight: Hopkins won't play in the final preseason game and could be questionable for Week 1. He has less than two weeks before Houston's first game.
Arian Foster, RB8/23/2013 9:31:00 PM
Description: Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports believes the Texans will ease running back Arian Foster into the season.
Insight: Foster's touches should increase gradually throughout the year as he continues to work his way back from a calf injury. Foster said on Thursday that he'd be ready for Week 1 but La Canfora didn't seem as optimistic.
Arian Foster, RB8/22/2013 7:16:00 PM
Description: When asked about his availabilty for Houston's season opener against the Chargers on September 9th, Texans halfback Arian Foster said, "Yeah, I'll be ready." SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: We don't doubt it. Foster, who has been battling a calf injury since OTAs, finally got back on the practice field on Wednesday. He'll have about two and a half weeks to get back into football shape before the season starts. The three-time Pro Bowler is a top-five fantasy pick in virtually every format.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR8/22/2013 4:13:00 PM
Description: Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins is still in phase one of the NFL's concussion program and won't play Sunday in the team's third preseason game. SOURCE: Tania Ganguli, ESPN.com
Insight: The program has five phases. Hopkins likely won't play again until the regular season.
Arian Foster, RB8/21/2013 6:09:00 PM
Description: Texans running back Arian Foster (calf, back) practiced Wednesday for the first time this training camp.
Insight: Foster suffered a calf injury during OTAs and started training camp on the PUP list. However, the more pressing concern recently has been a back injury that caused some leg discomfort and required injections. Foster is unlikely to play the final two preseason games but coach Gary Kubiak is optimistic he'll be ready for Week 1.
Arian Foster, RB8/18/2013 5:09:00 PM
Description: John McClain of the Houston Chronicle said if he was Texans coach Gary Kubiak he would be concerned about Arian Foster's Week 1 status.
Insight: Foster has been sidelined throughout training camp with a calf injury that he suffered several months ago, but the more pressing concern at this time appears to be a back injury that has "gone into his legs" and required an injection. He's now an extremely risky top-five pick, and with plenty of talented rushers available in the first round, it isn't a risk fantasy owners have to take.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR8/18/2013 9:38:00 AM
Description: Texans wideout DeAndre Hopkins suffered a concussion in Saturday's win against the Dolphins. SOURCE: John McClain, Houston Chronicle
Insight: Hopkins made two catches for 22 yards prior to the injury. He'll likely be kept out as a precaution next week against the Saints though we wouldn't expect the injury to carry over into the regular season.
Arian Foster, RB8/13/2013 8:43:00 PM
Description: According to Stephanie Stradley of the Houston Chronicle, Texans coach Gary Kubiak said Tuesday that running back Arian Foster's calf is "fine."
Insight: Foster also has been dealing with a sore back that has caused him to be out longer than expected. Foster hasn't practiced at all since training camp began, but Kubiak insists the team is just being "smart" with the running back. It's getting increasingly difficult to take Foster with a top-five pick in fantasy drafts.
DeAndre Hopkins, WR8/10/2013 3:18:00 PM
Description: Houston rookie wideout DeAndre Hopkins caught four balls for 52 yards, including a 34-yard touchdown, in the Texans' exhibition opener.
Insight: Hopkins had a huge season at Clemson, putting up 82 receptions for 1,405 yards and 18 touchdowns. He's not super fast, but a good route runner who can separate from the defender. He'll see a lot of one-on-one coverage opposite Andre Johnson and he could produce decent fantasy statistics if he continues to play well.
Arian Foster, RB8/4/2013 1:23:00 PM
Description: Texans star running back Arian Foster was expected back at practice Sunday, but didn't take the field.
Insight: Fantasy owners don't expect to see much of Foster during the preseason, but we would like to see him getting healthy. Drafting him is a bit risky given his heavy workload the last few seasons, but he's still worth a top-five pick.
Arian Foster, RB8/1/2013 8:00:00 PM
Description: Texans coach Gary Kubiak hopes to have Arian Foster back at practice Sunday, according to HoustonTexans.com.
Insight: Of course, Kubiak also said Sunday that he hoped the running back would be back by the middle of this week, and he wasn't able to make that cut. Foster is still experiencing soreness from a calf strain he suffered nearly two months ago. Drafting him is risky given his heavy workload the last few seasons, but he's still worth a top-five pick.