Nov 10, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Houston Texans running back Ben Tate (44) is tackled short of the goalline by Arizona Cardinals free safety Tyrann Mathieu (32) during the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Arizona won 27-24. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

6 players don't practice for Houston Texans

The Houston Texans had six players who didn’t participate in their Thursday practice, three days before their game Sunday against the Oakland Raiders in Houston.

With the Texans scheduled to host the Raiders this weekend, neither team has had that great of a season. Both teams have combined for five wins thus far, with the Raiders being 3-6 and the Texans standing at 2-7.

Those who didn’t participate for the Texans in practice Thursday were tight end Ryan Griffin (concussion), cornerback Kareem Jackson (chest), punter Shane Lechler (illness), cornerback Elbert Mack (hamstring/groin), inside linebacker Joe Mays (knee/abdomen) and inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (hamstring).

There were three Texans that were listed as a limited participant in practice, including running back Ben Tate who has injured ribs. Tate is currently the starting running back with Arian Foster on the injured reserve list for the remainder of the season.  Also on the limited list were offensive guard Wade Smith (knee) and inside linebacker Darryl Sharpton (foot/toe).

The Raiders had five players on the did not participate list, including starting running back Darren McFadden who is battling a hamstring injury.

Quarterback Terelle Pryor was on the limited participation list with a knee injury.

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