Houston Texans DE Antonio Smith misses Tuesday practice


Nov 24, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith (94) celebrates a sack against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

The Houston Texans held their Tuesday practice, two days before their Thursday Night game at Jacksonville, as they travel for their rematch game with their AFC South rival.

Antonio Smith, the Texans defensive end who “jokingly” said the New England Patriots “spied” on them last week, missed the Tuesday practice with a non-injury related reason.

The last time the Texans played the Jaguars was Week 12 where they lost, 13-6 in Houston.

There were 11 players who were limited in the walk-through practice, including cornerback Kareem Jackson and running back Ben Tate with rib injuries, along with Tate also having an ankle injury.

Fullback Greg Jones was limited with a knee injury, but he said he’ll play this week against his former team.

Also limited in practice were cornerback Johnathan Joseph (groin), inside linebackers Joe Mays (knee), Darryl Sharpton (knee), Jeff Tarpinian (groin) and Mike Mohamed (hamstring), along with outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus (hip).

Center Chris Myers was limited with an elbow injury, and guard Wade Smith was listed with a knee injury.

Those with full participation on the injury list were safety Shiloh Keo (neck), cornerback Brice McCain (hamstring), tackle Derek Newton (knee), safety Jawanza Starling (hamstring) and safety D.J. Swearinger (foot).

For the Jaguars, Maurice Jones-Drew missed Tuesday’s practice with a non-injury reason.

It looks as though the Texans will have relatively good health, according to this injury list. With it being such a short week, the health of the players can be a toss-up, and it will be interesting come Thursday to see who is in and who will be out of the game with injuries.