In the Houston Texans injury report, the Texans listed six players who did not participate in their walk-through practice Monday night as they prepare for a short week with a game on Thursday at the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Those who did not participate included cornerback Johnathan Joseph (groin), fullback Greg Jones (knee) and running back Ben Tate (ribs/ankle).
Also on the DNP list were inside linebackers Joe Mays (knee) and Darryl Sharpton (knee) and guard Wade Smith (knee).
With this being a walk-through practice, I’m not too worried about any of the DNP players, especially since it is just one day following their Week 13 game against the New England Patriots.
The Texans currently trail the Jaguars by one game in the standings, as the Texans have the worst record in the NFL at 2-10 overall. In their meeting during Week 12, the Texans lost at home to the Jaguars, 13-6 as they were held without a touchdown in possibly their worst offensive performance of the season.
The Jaguars had three players who were listed as DNP in wide receiver Stephen Burton (concussion), safety Josh Evans (shoulder) and running back Justin Forsett (foot).
Back in Houston, the Texans listed five players with limited participation in practice including cornerback Kareem Jackson (ribs) and center Chris Myers (elbow).
Also limited were: outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (hip), inside linebacker Mike Mohamed (hamstring) and inside linebacker Jeff Tarpinian (groin).
Again, it is too early to tell the severity of their injuries, but we’ll know soon enough with game day in just three days. The Texans can ill afford to lose any more players to injury this season, especially with a 10-game losing streak hanging over them like a black cloud.
One plus, though, is if the Texans play as tough as they did Sunday against the Patriots, they will snap the 10-game skid, but all the Thursday night games are usually sloppy, so I’m not expecting a finely played game from either side.