August 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans running back Jonathan Grimes (43) rushes during the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Jonathan Grimes named Houston Texans starting RB for Week 17


The Houston Texans are down to their fourth starting running back of the season for their regular season finale Sunday with second year running back Jonathan Grimes being named the starter in place of the injured Dennis Johnson.

Houston will travel to Nashville to face the Tennessee Titans.

Grimes is making his first NFL start according to a Tweet from Houston Chronicle writer John McClain. The tweet stated Grimes will start and his backup will be Ray Graham.

Grimes has played in one game this season for the Texans with five carries for 23 yards. He averaged 4.6 yards per carry in his lone game played.

Last season, the running back played in three games with the New York Jets where he had two attempts for six yards. He was also on the preseason roster of the Texans last season.

Grimes has not scored an NFL touchdown.

This is just how bad the running back situation has got for the Texans in 2013. Nothing has went right for this group with their main running back duo of Arian Foster and Ben Tate both on the injured reserve list.

I’m not expecting much from Grimes or the Texans’ offense this weekend, but his overall play is worth keeping track of in this game.

Remember if the Texans lose the game they lock up the No. 1 overall draft pick in May as they have lost their past 13 games of this season. The last game the Texans won was against the Titans in Week 2.

Grimes played college football at William & Mary.

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