Bad news for Texans’ LB Brennan Scarlett

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The Houston Texans need to figure out who’s going to start in place of linebacker Brennan Scarlett this Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.

Linebacker Brennan Scarlett has been a bright spot on an injury depleted Houston Texans’ defense this season. So far he has 29 tackles and two sacks this year during the limited amount of snaps he’s played.

Unfortunately, Scarlett suffered a foot injury against the Baltimore Ravens on Monday and will miss this Sunday’s divisional game against the Tennessee Titans, according to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle.

The good news is that it sounds like Scarlett may not be out too long.  Now that the Texans have released veteran outside linebacker Lamarr Houston, they could have Ufomba Kamalu start in place of Scarlett.

Houston could also decide to go with either LaTroy Lewis or Gimel President, but both players were just on their practice squad and don’t have a lot of experience.

"“We brought up guys we’ve been working with,” Texans defensive coordinator Mike Vrabel said. “They’ll get an opportunity in practice, it’ll be a big day for them to see how they’re able to translate it to the field. Ufomba worked in during the game. We’ll have a couple options to look at.”"

The Texans could also have Brian Cushing play on the outside, but he still hasn’t officially been activated from the exempt list. They have until December 4th to activate him. Cushing was on the practice field on Thursday, and he’s reportedly in great shape, so that’s good news.

Patrick Starr of State of the Texans believes that moving Cushing to the outside makes sense with Dylan Cole and Zach Cunningham playing so well. It would also fill the void left behind by Whitney Mercilus.

The only problem is that Cushing isn’t in game shape, so even if he were to play on Sunday, his snaps would likely be limited.

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