Monday Night Football Injuries & Things to Keep an Eye On For the Texans.


For Those of you who can not catch the Monday night match-up between the New York Jets versus the hometown Houston Texans on ESPN or via’s on-line live video streaming. One can listen to it 1050 ESPN Radio if your in the New York area. If your in the Houston area then be sure to listen to the game on Sports Radio 610 AM, 100.3 KILT FM, or 1010 AM.

The injury report for the game to date looks like this:

New York Jets:
Nick Mangold – out due to neck injury
Brandon Moore- out due to hip
Mark Brunell- out due to finger
Plaxico Burress-out due to stinger
Trevor Canfield-out due knee injury

 Houston Texans:
Arian Foster- out due to hamstring
Ben Tate- out due to hamstring
Steve Slaton- out due to hamstring
Roc Carmichael- out due to shoulder
DeMeco Ryans- out due to achilles
Brian Cushing- out due to knee
Andre Johnson- questionable finger
Jonathan Joseph-questionable
Lestar Jean- questionable

One of a few things we are most excited to watch during the Monday night game is the battle at the right guard spot between Mike Brisiel and Antoine Caldwell.

It will be vital for the Houston Texans to show some sort of improvement in the secondary even if all defensive secondary starters don’t get the nod to start. Watch both cornerback Sherrick McManis and Jason Allen as they continue to push second year cornerback Kareem Jackson for reps in practice.

Second round pick Brandon Harris should get some time with the first team defense at the nickel cornerback position.

It goes without saying about J.J.Watt’s  performance will be under close scrutiny as the Houston Texans spent a early first round pick on Watt and fans will want to see if the word on his performance out of training camp holds true.

On the opposite side of J.J. Watt, Mario Williams development at linebacker per say will be closely monitored.

If all wide receivers play then in the later quarters watch for the young receviers as they all vie for a spot on the team.

The young third year running back Chris Ogbonnaya should get a surplus or carries tonight in order for the Texans to gauge exactly what they have in Ogbonnaya. When Kubiak was asked on Saturday which player he’s excited to see in the preseason opener, he didn’t hesitate to name running back Chris Ogbonnaya.

“Easy answer to start with is Ogbonnaya,” Kubiak said. “When a young man has had the camp he’s had for the last two weeks, I think we’re all excited as a team and everybody to watch him go play this weekend, because he’s kind of been a big bright spot in camp.”

It’s finally here folks! Time for some Houston Texans football!

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